Posted: Monday, May 30, 2022. 10:35 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: As of 9 a.m. Belize time, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, has upgraded the chance of formation of a tropical system from the low pressure expected to form in part from the future remnants of Hurricane Agatha in the eastern Pacific to medium, or 40 percent.
That means that right at the start of the hurricane season on Wednesday, there is a possibility for a first-named storm, Alex, to develop in the far southwest Gulf of Mexico or northwest Caribbean Sea by the end of the week, moving eastward to northeastward.
While such a potential system would not be a direct threat to Belize, it will keep weather conditions here rainy for most of the week, with the National Meteorological Service predicting cloudy skies and outbreaks of showers in the daytime, increasing at night.
Hurricane Agatha remains a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour but has quickened its pace to eight miles per hour, moving northeast.
On the forecast track, says the NHC, its center will make landfall in Oaxaca, southwest Mexico, later this afternoon or this evening, with the potential upgrade to Category 3 now not looking likely. Rapid weakening is expected after landfall, and Agatha is forecast to dissipate over southeastern Mexico by late Tuesday.
At present, there is no other activity of concern in the rest of the Atlantic as the hurricane season prepares to commence.
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