BREAKING: Disturbance Near Bahamas Could Be Season’s 1st Tropical System

(ACCUWEATHER) – In less than a week’s time, the atmosphere over the eastern United States will shift gears from a weather pattern that favored out-of-season cold and snow to one that yields summerlike warmth and even the potential for early tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean — despite the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season being weeks away.

 AccuWeather meteorologists will be closely monitoring an area of disturbed weather that may evolve into a tropical system near the Bahamas late this week amid the summery pattern.

The center of this tropical or semi-tropical feature and most of the rain are expected to stay east of the U.S. mainland, but there will be some impact from it reaching the beaches of the U.S. and perhaps more significant impact on the islands offshore. Showers and thunderstorms may occur over part of South Florida late this week.

However, there is some indication that the broad area of showers and thunderstorms in this zone from Friday to Sunday could develop some spin and perhaps give birth to the first depression or even named tropical feature of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The first tropical system of the 2020 season will be named Arthur.

“I think we are going to be dealing with a non-tropical system that has the potential to transition into a subtropical or weak tropical system this weekend and early next week,” Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather’s top hurricane expert, said.

The potential system will encounter some weather factors that typically favor tropical development and others that can often inhibit strengthening and organization of features.