An elongated area of low pressure a few hundred miles west of the Cape Verde Islands became better defined Monday morning and is given a high probability of forming a tropical depression, although the storm is expected to follow a northwest path across the Atlantic and pose no threat to the Caribbean.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the system is producing limited showers and thunderstorms, but is beginning to show signs of organization.
The system has an 80 percent chance of further development in the next 48 hours, and a 90 percent chance of formation within the next five days, the forecasters said in their 2 p.m. Monday update.
Another tropical wave is forecast to emerge over the far eastern tropical Atlantic between Africa and the Cape Verde Islands by the end of the week. Some gradual development of this disturbance will be possible over the following weekend while it moves westward to west-northwestward.