Heavy rain, thunderstorms possible as tropical wave approaches

A tropical wave is expected to enter the area tonight and will likely trigger thunderstorms that are expected to come with heavy rains in some areas. 

Unlike neighbouring Antigua and Babuda where the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has issued flash flood warnings, no such alerts have yet been issued by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for St. Kitts and Nevis.

According to the latest local weather forecast, which is valid until 8am on 18th June, 2024, “By tonight, the bulk of the tropical wave will move into the area and further heighten the chances for shower and thunderstorm activity over and around the islands during that time. Given that some places are already saturated, along with the potential for moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms during the next 24 hours, flash flood advisories may become necessary at some point during that time.”

Meteorologists have also advised that rainfall in excess of 25.4mm or 1 inch is possible during the forecast period, however,  it is more likely that rainfall will be locally heavy at times accompanied by an isolated thunderstorm.

People residing in flood prone or low lying areas are being advised to pay particular attention to weather forecasts over the next several hours in the event conditions deteriorate.

It is possible that the tropical wave will result in increased moisture over the area into tomorrow evening.

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