Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Gloomy weekend and it's looking like some more showers this week

Gloomy conditions persisted for most of the weekend; Photo Credit: Jill Brooks-Sims

Gloomy conditions persisted for most of the weekend; Photo Credit: Jill Brooks-Sims

Many outdoor plans were dashed over the Queen's birthday long weekend due to a tropical wave moving into the western Caribbean, causing cloudy rainy conditions across the Cayman Islands. Showers often became quite heavy with high gusts of wind. It appears that some degree of cloudiness and possible showers will persist throughout the week.

The Cayman Islands National Weather Service predicts that there will be a slight decrease in cloudiness and showers from this morning, Tuesday, as the tropical wave moves over the Yucatan Peninsula. Cayman will continue to experience some cloudy skies with a 40 per cent chance of showers and possible thunder. Winds will be east to northeast at 10 to 15 knots and seas will be slight to moderate with wave heights of 2 to 4 feet.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the weather might improve slightly with partly cloudy skies and a 30 per cent chance of showers. Winds will be east to northeast at 5 to 10 knots. Seas will be slight with wave heights of 1 to 3 feet.

On Thursday, the skies will continue to be partly cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of showers and possible thunder. Winds will be easterly at 5 to 10 knots. Seas will be slight with wave heights of 1 to 3 feet. 

On Friday, the weather might improve slightly with partly cloudy skies and a 30 per cent chance of showers. Winds will be east to northeast at 5 to 10 knots at daytime, light and variable at night. Seas will be slight with wave heights of less than 2 to 4 feet.

Cayman is just over two weeks into the Atlantic Hurricane Season, for which we have already seen 2 named storms. Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, citing the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor.

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