Sea bathers, small craft operators advised to stay out of water
Barbados Meteorological Services has issued a high surf advisory and a small craft warning starting, December 16.
The warning came into effect at 10 am as a result of a strong high pressure system centered over the central North Atlantic. The system has been generating easterly to east north-easterly surface winds of 37 to 46 km/h and easterly to east north-easterly swells of 2.0 to 2.5 meters over the past 12 hours.
A further deterioration in these conditions is expected later tonight through to Wednesday December 18 as swells are expected to peak near 3.5 meters and wind speeds increasing 46 to 56 km/h.
Large waves and dangerous rip-currents will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators, particularly on the eastern, northern-eastern and south-eastern coastlines of Barbados. These conditions may become even more adverse at times of high tide. Sea-bathers are also advised to stay out of the water.
A small-craft warning means in this case that winds of 25 to 30 knots or greater and seas equal to or greater than 3 meters are forecast to affect the marine area. A high-surf advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone.
This high surf advisory and small craft warning may be extended if conditions warrant.