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First off-season weather disturbance for 2024 hurricane season recorded in Atlantic

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The first weather disturbance of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season has been detected by the National Hurricane Centre. On Wednesday afternoon, the Miami-based agency reported locating a weather disturbance over the Central Atlantic.

The system was reported located around 4:00 p.m. Miami time northeast of the Cape Verde Islands. According to State Civil Protection, the disturbance is approximately 5,160 kilometers east-northeast of the coast of Quintana Roo.

The National Hurricane Centre says its probability of development is only a 10 percent chance over the next seven days and that further development is not expected.

“An area of low pressure located about 900 miles northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has been producing a small but persistent area of showers and thunderstorms to the east of its center since this morning.

“However, the low is forecast to move southwestward at 10 to 15 mph into an area of stronger upper-level winds tonight and tomorrow, and additional development is not expected.”

The Centre went on to add that “no additional Special Tropical Weather Outlooks are scheduled for this system unless conditions warrant. Regularly scheduled Tropical Weather Outlooks will resume on May 15, 2024, and Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as necessary during the remainder of the off-season.”

According to Fox Weather meteorologist Ian Oliver, the disturbance has been recorded 38 days ahead of hurricane season. Normally, disturbances are not located in the Atlantic until the third week of June with the official start of hurricane season beginning June 1.

This week, officials began building tours in the south of the state for emergency hurricane shelter use. According to José Rafael Lara Díaz, the General Director of the Educational Physical Infrastructure Institute of the State of Quintana Roo, “a very intense hydrometeorological season is expected for the entire country due to the phenomenon known as El Niño.”