Tropical wave located about 400 miles East Of The Lesser Antilles

A tropical wave is located about 400 nm east of the Lesser Antilles extending from 09N to 20N with axis near 53W.

The tropical wave is producing widespread cloudiness and thunderstorms.

The wave is associated with a 1012 MB low located near 16N53W and has been moving west at 15-20 kt within the last 24 hours.

Moisture has increased in the wave environment, which along with favorable deep layer wind shear and upper-level diffluence support scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms from 14N to 19N between 51W and 56W.

Conditions are marginally conducive for some gradual development during the next few days while the disturbance moves westward to west- northwestward.

Environmental conditions could become more conducive for development late this week when the system is expected to move near Hispaniola and the southeastern and central Bahamas.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system later this morning.

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