UPDATE, JUNE 23, 2023 | 11:25PM
ORANJESTAD – Tropical Storm Bret is currently making its way through the eastern Caribbean, but it’s expected to weaken over the weekend. The storm is now north of the ABC Islands and conditions are gradually improving in the Antilles. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Bret will continue on its westerly track and is expected to dissipate sometime this weekend, posing no threat to mainland United States.
Despite this, Aruba is advised to stay vigilant. The Aruba Meteorology Department and Aruba’s Disaster Relief Bureau have announced that while Bret does not pose a significant threat to the island, it will pass to the north of Aruba on Saturday morning at around 8:00 am, with its eye about 220 to 240 kilometers away. Rough waves, and moderate to heavy rainfall with possible thunder and lightning are expected. The exact amount of rainfall is yet to be determined.
Current weather in Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, is 82°F with 6 mph winds, 84% humidity, and 50% cloud cover. The forecast for 5:00 am tomorrow shows a temperature of 79°F, with winds from the north at 3 mph, 90% cloud cover, and a slight chance of rainfall. Weather for the next week is expected to range from 84°F to 90°F, with the highest temperatures towards the end of the week.
Interestingly, the occurrence of two tropical storms, Bret and Cindy, forming east of the Antilles in June is a rare event. This marks the first time since 1968 that two storms have been active at the same time in June. Factors such as record ocean warmth have contributed to the development of these storms.
Stay tuned for more updates and stay safe!