Small craft and high-surf advisory in effect

A small craft and high-surf advisory is in effect for above normal easterly swell heights.

A media release from Barbados Meteorological Services said this alert message is valid from 6 a.m. today and will be updated at 6 p.m. on Friday, or sooner, if conditions warrant.

A small-craft advisory is issued when sustained winds of 20 to 25 knots and/or 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.

Strong surface winds associated with the Atlantic high-pressure system are expected to result in a deterioration of sea swells from Thursday night, to Sunday, March 6. Moderate to rough sea swells ranging from 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 ft) in open water are expected throughout this swell event.

All marine craft operators and beachgoers should note the following possibilities along the coast and nearshore of this zone, due to the imminent or already occurring marine threat: Large open water swells can be hazardous to some vessels; operation of smaller vessels can be difficult at times due to large swells; marine users should stay close to shore, particularly if GPS is not in use on the vessel.

For more information, please visit:- or the social media pages of Meteorological Services. (PR)

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