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Forecasters monitoring system moving towards Gulf of Mexico that could develop into tropical disturbance

Experts say we’ll have a better idea of any potential impacts of the slowly developing system to the Houston area next week.

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The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical wave that is forecasted to move into the Yucatan Peninsula some time early next week.

The low pressure system currently has a 20% chance of developing into a tropical disturbance through the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Conditions could become conducive for slow development on Monday or Tuesday, that's when forecasters say we'll have a better idea of any impacts to the Houston area.

As of now, it is just way too early to tell where in the Gulf of Mexico, this thing might emerge, or whether or not it’ll stay down around the Yucatan and maybe stay down south into the Bay of Campeche area.. Or not organize at all," says Joshua Lichter, NOAA Weather Radio.

So far, it's been a light year of tropical development, but warmer water temperatures could change that.

Lichter says this is prime time for tropical development, since the peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean is September 10.

"We’re gonna be seeing system after system here being monitored by the hurricane center. And eventually if we get organizations, they’ll fly some aircraft out there to investigate and get a better idea of what’s going on," Lichter said.

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