8th December 2017 – Warnings remain in effect for small craft operators and sea bathers against hazardous sea conditions.
Rough Seas with wave heights 1.8 to 2.4 meters or 6 to 8 feet will continue to affect the BVI especially on the northern shores. In addition, large breaking waves will create rough surf conditions and dangerous rip currents capable of carrying the strongest swimmers into open waters. Rip current conditions are expected to last into Saturday evening. Minor beach erosion is possible around the time of high tide.
As a precaution sea bathers and inexperienced surfers and swimmers should stay out of the water until these hazardous surf conditions subside. Persons on the beach should be vigilant for large breaking waves surging upon the shore which can carry people of all sizes into the ocean. You should avoid being near the shore line and stay off of rock formations.
If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.
The Atlantic subtropical high will generate a moderate to fresh breeze across the area whilst maintaining dry and stable weather conditions therefore keeping shower activity to a minimum.
Possible rainfall total for the forecast period is 0 to 3 mm (0 to 0.1 inch).
Weather today: Sunny to partly sunny with a 10 percent or slight chance of showers.
Weather tonight: Fair to partly cloudy with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers.
Winds: East to east-northeast ranging between 7- 31 km/h or 12- 17 knots with higher gusts over open waters.
The Department of Disaster Management will continue to monitor the weather conditions and provide updates when necessary.
Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website at bviddm.com) and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates.
Image: Not a true depiction of local sea conditions
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.