PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN
DATE ISSUED: Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)
VALID UNTIL: Friday midday (12:00 LST) July 07, 2017

WEATHER:
This afternoon through Friday midday: Partly cloudy, hazy and breezy with brief local showers possible.

Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F Forecast Low: 28°C / 82°F

Sunset Today: 6:52 P.M. Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:42 A.M.

SURFACE WINDS:
This afternoon through Friday midday: East-northeast with a gentle to fresh breeze of 09 to 18 mph.

SYNOPSIS:
A weak tropical wave is currently passing through the southeastern Caribbean, and is increasing moisture over the local region. As such, brief local showers are possible during this forecast period.
Moderate conditions, peaking near 7 feet, are expected for the next couple of days. Small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise caution.

STATE OF THE SEA: Moderate WAVES/SWELLS: 5 to 7 feet

SPECIAL FEATURE:
At 11:00 AM, the center of Tropical Depression Four was located near latitude 13.2 North, longitude 42.6 West. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph (33 km/h). A continued west-northwestward motion with an additional increase in forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is not currently expected to become a tropical storm.
This system does not currently pose a threat to St Maarten and will continue to be monitored by the Meteorological Department of St Maarten (MDS).

OUTLOOK through Saturday midday: Partly cloudy to cloudy and breezy with isolated showers.

FORECASTER: Connor