March 10, 20173385Views

Warnings remain in place for small craft operators and sea bathers as the Territory continues to experience hazardous sea conditions along with strong gusty winds.

The latest forecast from the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services has indicated that very rough swells are expected with waves between 7 and 10 feet.

The four day forecast, valid up to Tuesday March 14 predicts that the rough sea conditions will continue up to Sunday, then subsiding to an average of 5-8 feet thereafter.

As a result of these sea conditions, Beach Safety Officials have red flagged Long Bay (Tortola), Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach & Little Bay.  Red Flags mean sea conditions are dangerous and therefore no swimming is allowed.

Other beaches may be red flagged over the course of the weekend.

As it relates to beaches that have been yellow flagged, please note that caution should be exercised and weak swimmers are discouraged from entering the water.

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is therefore advising the public to adhere to these warnings which are in place to ensure your safety.

Meantime, the general weather conditions are being influenced by a relatively strong high pressure ridge which is generating brisk to fresh trade winds that are transporting shallow pockets of low level moisture across the islands.  Therefore expect fair to partly cloudy conditions with brief passing early morning showers over the
next few days.

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.