DATE ISSUED: Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)
VALID UNTIL: Saturday midday (12:00 LST) August 15, 2020
This afternoon through tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers possible.
Saturday morning through midday: Generally cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Forecast High: 32°C / 90°F Forecast Low: 28°C / 82°F
Sunset Today: 6:39 P.M. Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:55 A.M.
SURFACE WINDS: This afternoon through tonight: East northeasterly with a gentle to moderate breeze of 10 to 17 mph.
Saturday morning through midday: East northeasterly to southeasterly with a light to gentle breeze of 04 to 12 mph, higher gusts possible in showers.
The Atlantic high-pressure system will continue to generate a gentle to moderate wind flow across the region today. Pockets of moisture at the lower levels of the atmosphere may cause a few showers.
Moderate seas with waves peaking at 7 feet are expected through the next few days.
STATE OF THE SEA: Moderate WAVES/SWELLS: 5 to 7 feet
At 11:00 am, the center of Tropical Storm Josephine was located about 570 miles east of St. Maarten. Josephine is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph. On the forecast track Josephine will make its closest approach at approximately 150 miles north of St. Maarten, late Saturday into Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles, mainly to the north of the center.
Though Josephine does not pose a direct threat to St Maarten. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are possible due to outer rainbands and unstable atmospheric conditions produced by the storm.
THE METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT OF ST. MAARTEN WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS SYSTEM AND UPDATE THE PUBLIC.
OUTLOOK through Sunday midday: Partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers.