January 13, 20172224Views

The beach closures which were implemented this week due to rough sea conditions remain in effect until further notice.

The Territory continues to be affected by hazardous sea conditions with waves reaching 11 feet especially in the Northern coast.

Warnings issued by the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service for small craft operators and sea bathers remain in place. Mariners have also been advised to avoid the waters on the North of the islands.

The Department of Disaster Management is again strongly advising the public to adhere to these warnings and adjust your activities accordingly.

Closed beaches include Long Bay on Beef Island, Smugglers Cove, Long Bay West End Tortola, Capoons Bay, Brewers Bay, Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay, the Baths, Cane Garden Bay, North Shore of Anegada, the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke and Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda.

All beaches under the management of the National Parks Trust are also closed to bathers, swimmers, snorkelers and paddle boarders until further notice. The Mooring field is also closed, therefore no access to the beaches is permitted.

Meanwhile, relatively stable atmospheric conditions will restrict rainfall activity over the BVI today and tonight. However, a fresh northeasterly breeze over the Atlantic Ocean is generating pockets of moisture and cloud patches which will be pushed over the islands at times during the next 24 hours.

Partly sunny conditions have been forecasted for today with brief periods of increased cloudiness and light passing showers. Tonight the conditions are expected to be partly cloudy and breezy with brief periods of increased cloudiness and light passing showers.

Northeasterly winds are predicted at 12 to 20 knots with higher amounts over coastal waters, elevated terrain and gusting higher occasionally.

The DDM will continue to monitor these conditions and provide updates.

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Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.