January 16, 20171973Views

Sea conditions are expected to gradually improve this week according to the latest forecast from the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service.

The Met Service has indicated that sea conditions are now moderate to locally rough with waves of 6-8 feet.  These waves are predicted to subside gradually into tomorrow (Tuesday). Nonetheless, small craft operators and sea bathers are urged to continue to exercise caution.

As a result of the improving sea conditions, Smugglers Cove, Cane Garden Bay, Brewer’s Bay Josiah’s Bay, Long Bay Beef Island and The Baths have been yellow flagged.  Although these beaches are open, caution must be exercised and weak swimmers are discouraged from entering the water.

Sea conditions at Savannah Virgin Gorda, North Shore Anegada and Bubbly Pool Jost Van Dyke have also improved, however persons are advised to exercise caution.

Red Flags are still flying at Long Bay (Tortola), Capoons Bay, Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Lambert Beach & Little Bay. A red flag means danger and there should be no swimming.

As it relates to the general weather conditions, the Territory will continue to be influenced by a surface Atlantic high pressure system and a low pressure system.

Partly sunny conditions with periods of increased cloudiness and scattered showers have been forecasted for today becoming partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy with scattered showers tonight.

Winds are blowing from the east to east north east at 19-33 knots per hour with higher gusts.

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.