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Urgent Update: Hurricane Watch in Effect for Saint Lucia and Neighboring Islands

As the hurricane season intensifies, a Hurricane Watch has been issued for Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Grenada. The latest weather report from the Met Service in Saint Lucia, released at 12:00 noon on June 29, 2024, highlights the impending threat posed by Tropical Storm Beryl. Currently situated near latitude 10.0°N and longitude 47.8°W, Beryl is moving swiftly westward at 23 mph (37 km/h). This storm is expected to undergo rapid strengthening, potentially developing into a major hurricane before making landfall in the Windward Islands late Sunday night or Monday. Residents should prepare for hazardous swells and heavy rainfall, with maximum sustained winds already reaching 65 mph (100 km/h) and higher gusts anticipated.

In addition to Beryl, another tropical wave over the eastern Tropical Atlantic is showing a medium chance of development, with the potential to form a tropical depression by mid-next week. The weather in Saint Lucia is currently cloudy and hazy, with scattered showers and a chance of isolated thunderstorms predicted over the next 24 hours. The increased rainfall and rough seas call for heightened vigilance and preparedness. Stay tuned for further updates and ensure you have emergency plans in place. For a comprehensive update, read the full report from the Met Service in Saint Lucia.

12:00 noon Weather Report

Date: 29th June, 2024

Forecaster: Lemuel O’Shaughnessy

Present weather at Hewanorra Airport is cloudy and hazy.

Present weather at GFL Charles Airport is cloudy and hazy with recent showers.

Present temperature at Hewanorra Airport is 30°C or 86°F.

Last night’s minimum temperature at Hewanorra Airport was 25°C or 77°F.

Relative humidity at Hewanorra Airport is 80%.

Wind at Hewanorra Airport is blowing from the east at 21 mph or 33 km/h.

Rainfall in the 24-hour period that ended at 8:00 am today:

At Hewanorra Airport: 10.7 mm.   At GFL Charles Airport: 5.2 mm.

Total rainfall for the month of June thus far:

At Hewanorra Airport: 104.5 mm. At GFL Charles Airport: 74.9 mm.

Sunset today: 6:35 pm.       Sunrise tomorrow: 5:39 am.               

FORECAST FOR SAINT LUCIA VALID FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

Winds will be blowing from the east near 20 mph or 31 km/h.

Weather: Partly cloudy, becoming cloudy at times, with scattered showers and a

         chance of isolated thunderstorms.

MARINE FORECAST FOR SEAS IN A 25 MILE OR 40 KM RADIUS FROM SAINT LUCIA

Tides for Castries Harbour: Low at 3:28 pm… High at 10:15 pm.

Tides for Vieux Fort Bay:   Low at 4:55 pm… High at 11:22 pm.

Seas: Slight to Moderate with waves 3 to 5 feet or 0.9 to 1.5 metres.

FORECAST FOR THE LESSER ANTILLES

Partly cloudy to cloudy, with scattered light to moderate showers and isolated thunderstorms over the central Windward Islands and areas further south. Elsewhere, fair to occasionally cloudy, with widely scattered showers.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

A tropical wave will continue to affect mainly the southern half of the Lesser Antilles during the next 24 hours.

At 11:00 am today, the center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 10.0 degrees north, longitude 47.8 degrees west or about 933 miles or 1502 kilometres southeast of Saint Lucia. Beryl is moving toward the west near 23 mph or 37 km/h. A relatively quick westward to west-northwestward motion is expected during the next few days. On the forecast track, the system is expected to move across the Windward Islands late Sunday night and Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph or 100 km/h, with higher gusts. Rapid strengthening is now expected and Beryl is forecast to become a major hurricane before it reaches the Windward Islands. Hazardous swells generated by the system are expected to reach the Windward and southern Leeward Islands by late Sunday.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Grenada.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Martinique and Tobago.

Another tropical wave located over the eastern Tropical Atlantic is moving westward near 12 mph or 19 km/h. This wave has a medium chance of development, and a tropical depression could form by the middle of next week. 

Interests in the Windward and southern Leeward Islands are advised to closely monitor the progress of these systems and take the necessary precautions.

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