A tropical wave is expected to affect Barbados late Monday, the Barbados Met Office has said.
A weather information statement which was issued said:
The system is showing some slow development at this time and it could become a tropical storm by the time it approaches Barbados and the southern Windwards early Monday night .
This could require the issuing of a tropical storm watch or warning for Barbados at late notice.
Forecast models are indicating sustained surface winds of between 40 to 50 knots (45 to 55 mph) with higher gusts on the northern periphery of the system as it moves across the region.
The National Hurricane Center also issued an alert at 2:00 p.m. today, Sunday, June 18 which stated the following:
Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave about 800 miles east-southeast of the southern Windward Islands have become a little better organized since yesterday.
Some additional development of this system is possible during the next couple of days before environmental conditions become less favorable for tropical cyclone formation.
This system is forecast to move to the west-northwest at near 20 mph toward the Windward islands and northeastern South America during the next two days, and interests in these areas should monitor its progress.
Regardless of development, locally heavy rains and gusty winds are likely to spread over portions of the Windward islands Monday night and Tuesday.
Residents of Barbados were urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.