Updated 3/31/23 at 1:12 p.m. AST
VI SOURCE WEATHER UPDATES
! MARINE ALERTS ARE IN EFFECT
Series: “Extreme Weather in the Caribbean”
3/25/23: A NEW WEEKLY WEATHER VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE!
- Part 1: Caribbean Earthquakes and Tsunamis
- Part 2: Caribbean Volcanoes
- Part 3: Rip Currents
- Part 4: Hurricanes
- Part 5: Wildfires
Friday will be sunny with a slight chance for isolated showers. Precipitation is forecast to occur primarily between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. The high temperature will be approximately 83°F, 27.2°C, with winds out of the east-northeast at about 18 to 20 mph. The chance of rain on Friday is about 10%.
On Friday night, skies will be mostly clear, with a slight chance of isolated showers. Precipitation is forecast to occur primarily before midnight. The low temperature will be around 71°F, 21.6°C, with winds out of the east-northeast at about 23 to 25 mph, gusting up to 31 mph. The chance of rain on Friday night is approximately 10%.
Dry conditions this week may lead to an increased risk of “fire weather.” A “Red Flag Warning” has been issued for portions of southern Puerto Rico until 5 p.m. AST.
Below: Infrared satellite imagery obtained at 12:50 p.m. AST on Friday indicates mostly sunny skies over the USVI and Puerto Rico.
! MARINE ALERTS ARE IN EFFECT
On Friday, seas will be 3 to 5 feet, occasional seas up to 6 feet, and a swell period of 11 seconds. Winds will be out of the east-northeast at around 10 to 15 knots, gusting up to 25 mph.
On Friday night, seas will be 5 to 7 feet, occasional seas up to 9 feet, and a swell period of 10 seconds. Winds will be out of the east-northeast at about 15 to 20 knots, gusting up to 30 knots.
Seas will be rough due to increasing winds, and marine alerts have been issued.
A “High Rip Current Risk” will be in effect for portions of the USVI and Puerto Rico from 6 a.m. AST on Friday until at least 6 a.m. AST on Monday.
A “Small Craft Advisory” will be in effect for areas of the local waters from 2 a.m. AST on Saturday until at least 8 a.m. on Monday.
The water temperature is approximately 78.2°F, 25.7°C.
Rip Currents: There will be a moderate risk for powerful rip currents across the US Virgin Islands and portions of Puerto Rico on Friday and through the weekend. Learn about rip current safety in an interview between the NWS and the VI Source here.
Tropical Activity: The tropics are quiet.
The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season will begin on June 1. A United Kingdom-based organization, “Tropical Storm Risk” (TSR), has issued a prediction for the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The group is expecting a below-average hurricane season. Read an interview with TSR here. (Another interview article between the Source and TSR will be coming in April!)
Days until 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins: 62 days
Hurricane Preparedness: Extreme Weather in the Caribbean Part 4: Hurricanes
Sunrise: 6:17 a.m.
Sunset: 6:34 p.m.
Ocean water temperature: 78.2°F, 25.7°C
UV index today: 10+ out of 10
Thursday’s high temperature: 84°F, 28.8°C
Thursday’s low temperature: 75°F, 23.8°C
Preparation for extreme weather events in the Caribbean, such as earthquakes and tropical cyclones, is essential. Residents and visitors in the USVI are encouraged to stay updated on weather events on the V.I. Source Weather page and sign up for alerts from the National Weather Service and the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency.