Rough seas continue

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 07:15

The Met Office is warning sea-goers and fisherfolk to be cautious at the seas as rough seas are expected to continue.

The Met Office issued the following bulletin Monday morning.

"Buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service indicate that sea conditions being experienced around Trinidad and Tobago continue to be rough with wave heights reaching 3.0 to 3.5 metres in open waters and 1.0 metre in sheltered areas, becoming choppy at times.

These above normal marine conditions are attributed to persistent strong winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere, which continue to agitate the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Latest Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Models forecast these elevated low level winds to persist for at least the next 48 to 72 hours. as such, sea conditions especially in open waters, are forecast to continue to be agitated for at least the next 2 to 3 days.

NWP Models forecast wave heights in open waters to continue to be 3.0 to 3.5 metres but individual waves may reach in excess of 3.5 metres at times particularly along the northeastern coast of Tobago.  

Choppy seas may be experienced in sheltered areas mainly 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, 20th December 2016, or earlier if the situation warrants."