Met Office issues rough sea bulletin

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 12:15

Buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service indicate that sea conditions being experienced around Trinidad and Tobago are currently normal with wave heights reaching up to 2.0 metres in open waters and less than 1.0 metre in sheltered areas.

Over the weekend however, the winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere are forecast to strengthen and consequently sea conditions are expected to become more agitated.

Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Models forecast the low-level winds to strengthen in the next 24 to 48 hours.

As such, sea conditions in open waters are forecast to become more disturbed as the weekend progresses and continue into early next week. NWP Models forecast wave heights in open waters to increase to 2.5 metres on Saturday (17th December) and to 3.0 metres on Sunday (18th December).

Individual waves may reach in excess of 3.0 metres at times. The exposed coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago, especially north and east coasts, are expected to be affected for least 2 to 3 days.

Choppy seas may be experienced in sheltered areas particularly around Tobago.

Additionally, conditions may be exacerbated during high tide.

Small craft operators, sea bathers and all other marine interests are asked to exercise caution in any sea related activities.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is closely monitoring sea conditions and will issue an update at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, 17th December 2016, or earlier if the situation warrants.