• Three areas are being monitored for tropical development in the Atlantic basin.
  • Slow development is possible with these areas over the next five days.
  • The next tropical storm will be named Fred.

Three areas are being watched for possible tropical development in the Atlantic into next week.

The area closer to Africa is a broad area of low pressure and is located a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands. Environmental conditions appear somewhat favorable for gradual development over the next several days. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has given this area a low chance of developing into a tropical depression as it moves west-northwestward.

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Potential NHC Development

(The potential area(s) of tropical development according to the latest National Hurricane Center outlook are shown by polygons, color-coded by the chance of development over the next five days. An “X” indicates the location of a current disturbance.)

A bit farther west, some development of a small area of low pressure is possible as it drifts westward into next week. The NHC has given this area a low chance of development.

The third area is a disturbance over the west-central tropical Atlantic. This disturbance remains disorganized and significant development is not expected. Regardless of development, parts of the Lesser Antilles will likely experience gusty winds, showers and thunderstorms early next week.

There’s uncertainty in the models about whether the highlighted areas organize into a tropical depression or storm, but they will be watched closely.

Tropical activity typically increases during August as we get closer to the peak of hurricane season so it is no surprise that there are areas to watch for tropical development.

(MORE: Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Update)

The next tropical storm in the Atlantic will be named Fred.

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