Small-craft and high-surf advisory remains in effect

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

Barbados Meteorological Services said this alert message is valid from 6 p.m., Friday and will be updated at noon on Monday, 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 meters (8 to 10 feet) are affecting or are 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.

A continuation of strong surface winds associated with a robust Atlantic high-pressure system has resulted in a deterioration of sea swells within Barbados’ coastal and near-shore marine areas.

Moderate to rough easterly sea swells ranging from 2 to 3 meters (7 to 10 ft) in open water are expected throughout the weekend into early next week.

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; and marine users should stay close to shore, particularly if GPS is not in use on the vessel.

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

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