Met Office warns of rough seas

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:30

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service says buoy data as well as reports reaching the Met Service indicate that sea conditions being experienced around Trinidad and Tobago continue to be rough with wave heights reaching 3 metres in open waters and near 1 metre and choppy at times in sheltered areas.

The Met Office says this is attributed to relatively strong winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere, which are agitating the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

It says Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models forecast these elevated low-level winds to persist for at least the next 2 days.

As such, sea conditions in open waters are expected to continue to be disturbed over the next 24 to 48 hours.

The Met Office says NWP models forecast wave heights along exposed coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago, especially north and east coasts, to reach 3 metres but individual waves may reach in excess of 3 metres at times particularly along the northeast coast of Tobago.

It says choppy seas may be experienced in sheltered areas particularly around Tobago.

Additionally, conditions may be exacerbated during high tide.

The Met Office is advising small craft operators, sea bathers and all other marine interests to exercise extreme caution in any sea related activities.

The Met Office says it is closely monitoring sea conditions and will issue an update at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, 10th February 2017, or earlier if the situation warrants.