Met Office: Seas to become more agitated in next 36-48 hours

Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 09:30

The Met Office is continuing its outlook for rough seas in the upcoming days and says it will become more agitated within the next 36 to 48 hours.

The Met Office issued its latest bulletin at noon today.

"Buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service indicate that currently seas are moderate becoming rough at times. In open waters, wave heights are reaching up to 2.5
metres but individual waves particularly along the northeast coast of Tobago are reaching occasionally up to 3.0 metres. In sheltered areas, wave heights are near 1.0 metre and choppy at times.

The winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere remain marginally strong and continue to agitate the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. 

Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Models indicate that the current strength of the low-level winds will persist over the next 24 to 36 hours, but will strengthen further in 36 to 48 hours.

As such, sea conditions are expected to continue to be disturbed over the next few days, and will in fact become more agitated in 36 to 48 hours. NWP models are maintaining wave heights in open waters, especially north and east coasts, to be 2.5 occasionally 3.0 metres over the next 24 to 36 hours and to increase to 3.0 to 3.5 metres in the next 36 to 48 hours.

Choppy seas will 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 EXTREME 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 Wednesday 8th March 2017, or earlier if the situation warrants."

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