Rough seas to continue for next 3-4 days

Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 10:00

The Met Office is warning that rough sea conditions will continue for the next three to four days.

The latest bulletin on sea conditions was issued this morning.

"Buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service indicate that although there has been some improvement in sea conditions, above normal seas are still being experienced along the exposed coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago, particularly the north and east coasts.

Seas are currently moderate occasionally rough with wave heights reaching 2.5 to 3.0 metres. in open waters and up to 1.0 metre in sheltered areas becoming choppy at times. The winds in the lower levels of
the atmosphere have weakened slightly over the last 12 hours, however they 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 48 hours, but will strengthen further in 48 to 72 hours. As such, sea conditions are expected to continue to be disturbed over the next few days.

NWP models forecast wave heights in open waters, especially north and east coasts, to be 2.5 to 3.0 metres over the next 24 to 48 hours and to increase to 3.0 to 3.5 metres in the next 48 to 72 hours. 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 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 Tuesday 7th March 2017, or earlier if the situation warrants."

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