A high-surf advisory and small-craft warning are in effect for Barbados as a result of deteriorating marine conditions, which are expected to affect the island from around 6 p.m. Sunday through 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The Met Office says a deep layered low pressure system centred over the Northern Atlantic is forecast to generate northerly swells, which are expected to affect the coastal waters. On Monday, swells are expected to peak near 4 metres (13ft) during the morning.
Large waves and dangerous rip-currents during that time could create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators, particularly on the eastern, north-eastern, north, north-western and western coastlines of Barbados.
Sea-bathers are also advised to stay out of the water during the warning period however; some caution must still be exercised along the southwestern, southern and southeastern coastlines of the island. These conditions could become even more adverse at high tide.
A Small-Craft Warning means in this case that seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) are forecast to affect the marine area, while a High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone. (PR/SAT)