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Low pressure system affecting sea conditions


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Low pressure system affecting sea conditions

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Small craft and high surf advisories will be in effect for Barbados from 6 a.m. Friday and the marine conditions are expected to deteriorate over the weekend.

A small-craft advisory is issued in this case when sustained winds of 20 to 25 knots (37 to 46 km/h) and sea swells of 2.5 to 3 metres (8 to 10 feet) are affecting or forecast to affect the marine area within the next 36 hours.

A high surf advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses or is forecast to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone during the next 36 hours.

The Barbados Meteorological Services says a low-pressure system in the northern Atlantic, coupled with strong surface winds, is forecast to result in a deterioration of sea conditions mainly across the northern, eastern and south-eastern coasts of Barbados on Friday.

Throughout the weekend, sea swells are expected to be moderate to rough, peaking near 3.5 metres (11 feet), with wind speeds reaching a maximum of 30 knots (56 km/h). A gradual decrease in sea swells and surface winds is forecast for Monday morning.

All marine craft operators and beachgoers should note the possibility that large open water swells could be hazardous to some vessels and the operation of smaller vessels could be difficult at times due to the imminent marine threat.

This advisory may be upgraded to a small craft and high surf warning within the next 24 to 36 hours. (PR/SAT)