DATE ISSUED: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)
VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) August 19, 2017

…A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL 6AM ON SATURDAY… 

WEATHER:Tonight through Saturday evening: Partly cloudy, hazy and breezy, becoming cloudy at times with a few isolated showers.

Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F             Forecast Low: 27°C / 81°F

Sunset Today: 6:37 P.M.                 Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:56 A.M.

SURFACE WINDS: Tonight through Saturday evening: Northeast to east with a gentle to fresh breeze of 10 to 22 miles per hour and occasional higher gusts.

SYNOPSIS:  A surge of moisture at the lower level of the atmosphere will cause a few isolated showers across the region. Meanwhile, the brisk easterly winds are expected to abate during the latter part of this forecast period.
Seas are expected to gradually subside, however, small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution. 

STATE OF THE SEA:  Moderate to Rough       WAVES/SWELLS: up to 8 feet

SPECIAL FEATURE: At 5:00 PM, Tropical Storm Harvey continued to move westward through the southern portion of the region and does not pose a threat to St. Maarten.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located about 600 miles east northeast of the Leeward Islands continue to show signs of organization. Nevertheless environmental conditions are becoming less conducive for development as this system moves west northwestward at about 20 mph.
*Formation chance through the next 48 hours…medium…60 percent.
*Formation chance through the next 5 days…medium…60 percent.
The Meteorological Department of St Maarten (MDS) will continue to monitor the progress of these systems.

OUTLOOK through Sunday evening: Partly cloudy to cloudy and breezy with isolated showers. 

FORECASTER: Albert

The next weather forecast will be issued Saturday at 06:00 LST (10:00 UTC).