Friday 28 February, 2020

Met office advises sea bathers to stay out the water until the weekend

Sea bathers have been advised to stay out of the water over the next few days as the Barbados Meteorological Office has issued a High Surf Advisory for the island.

In a statement, the acting Director Sonia Nurse said a broad area of low pressure centred over the north Atlantic has been generating large northerly to north-northeasterly sea swells which have been propagating south-westwards across the eastern Caribbean.

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“These conditions were already affecting the coastal waters around Barbados and are forecast to further deteriorate by late [Wednesday] into early Thursday, persisting into the weekend. Sea swells of at least 2.0 to 3.0 meters or about seven to 10 feet are expected. As a consequence, a high surf advisory and a small craft advisory are now in effect for Barbados and will remain in place until 6 pm, Saturday, November 2.

“Large waves and dangerous rip currents will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators, particularly on the eastern, northern and north-western coastlines of Barbados, becoming even more adverse at times of the high tide. Sea bathers are also advised to stay out of the water,” the director warned.

A Small-Craft Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 20 – 25 knots and/or sea-swells of 2.0 to 3.0m, or just about seven to ten feet are forecast to affect the marine area within the next 36 hours. A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life or is forecast to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone within the next 36 hours.

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