HIGH-SURF ADVISORY AND SMALL-CRAFT WARNING ARE IN EFFECT FOR BARBADOS UNTIL SATURDAY 11th DECEMBER, 2010

This is a Special Marine Weather Bulletin from the Barbados Meteorological Office at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

A series of deep low-pressure systems over the north Atlantic are generating some large north-easterly swells. Some of these are being pushed into the vicinity of Barbados and the other islands of the Eastern Caribbean, by relatively strong north-easterly to easterly surface winds of 20 to 25 knots.

At present, these conditions are generating above-normal sea-swells across the region, which will further deteriorate during the course of the next 12 – 18 hours. Swells are forecasted to peak between 3.0 to 4.0 meters (10 to 13 feet) late tomorrow into Friday.

Thus, a High-Surf Advisory is in effect for large battering waves and dangerous rip-currents mainly along the
northeastern, eastern and southeastern coastal waters of Barbados.

These hazardous conditions will maintain unsafe marine conditions and sea-bathers and residents along these coastal areas are strongly advised to stay away from the beaches. The SMALL-CRAFT WARNING is in effect for above-normal sea-swells.

A small-craft Warning means that winds-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (25 to 38mph) and/or seas greater than 9 ft are producing hazardous marine conditions. Small-craft operators should therefore avoid navigating in
these adverse conditions.

This Advisory and Warning will be in effect until Saturday, 11th December, 2010.

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