Rising potential for shallow warm core development in the far eastern Mediterranean, Oct 24-25th
An upper low is located over the E Mediterranean and the Middle East with a gradually deepening surface low over the sea south of Cyprus. Fairly active convective storms are visible since mid-afternoon today. In addition, several models are hinting development of a shallow warm core tomorrow during the day and system could intensity further.
Today’s MODIS visible satellite indicated quite widespread convective storms within the large upper low located right above the E Mediterranean. Notice a small eye-alike feature as well, storms were gradually organizing around this shallow center.
These are phase diagram forecasts by CMC and GFS models, hinting a development of a shallow symmetrical warm core just north of Sinai peninsula (Egypt) tomorrow. The potential core center would wobble around virtually the same position until Friday when it could push towards Sinai and make landfall there.
The cyclone will likely not be particularly strong and peak gusts might not reach severe criteria, but the overall structure of the low / warm core deserves some extra attention. We will monitor its evolution until Friday and update it if necessary. Attached are ICON-EU and GFS maps.
However, looks like the majority of rainfall would stay offshore and would not affect land areas with excessive rainfall threat. But since the core is not yet fully developed, this could change and enhance the potential for flash floods along the coasts of the Middle East, Cyprus and N Egypt.
Stay tuned for additional update tomorrow if needed!