The Meteorological Service says a severe weather alert is now in effect for Jamaica, as rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Erika is expected to affect the island on Saturday through to Sunday morning.

The country is expected to enjoy mostly fair weather this evening, while tomorrow should see cloudy conditions with periods of showers and thunderstorms.

The Met Service says that at 4pm today, the centre of Tropical Storm Erika was west-southwest of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.