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Met Office issues caution to sea users


Met Office issues caution to sea users

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A high-surf advisory and small-craft warning is in effect for Barbados from 11 a.m. today until noon on Wednesday.

A strong high pressure system centered over the central North Atlantic has been generating easterly to east north-easterly surface winds which range from 20 to 25 knots (37 to 46 kilometres per hour), along with easterly to east north-easterly swells of 2 to 2.5 meters (7 to 8 feet) for the past 12 hours.

Conditions are forecast to deteriorate later tonight through to Wednesday afternoon as swells are expected to peak near 3.5m (11ft) and wind speeds should increase to 25 to 30 knots (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 worsen at high tide and 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 (10ft) 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. (PR/SAT)