A warning has been issued to sea bathers and small craft users alike to avoid the seas at least for the next 24 hours due to continuous hazardous conditions.
The warning was issued over the weekend by the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services over the weekend and according to Director of the Meteorological Services Keithley Meade, the notice is still in effect.
Meade said that weather condition is due to a low-pressure and high pressure system located near the island.
“We have a high pressure and a low pressure system and as such we had some very strong winds that were driving patches of cloudiness from across the Atlantic towards the island,” he said.
There is a high risk of rip currents which are expected to peak over the next 24 hours according to an online blog by Climatologist Dale Destin.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from the shore. In light of this, Meade told ZDK News moments ago that the small craft warning is still in effect.
“In regards to sea level , the existing system is also responsible for generating fairly high and choppy hazardous seas over the last couple of days which led to us putting out advisories for small craft and sea bathers etc and as it stands we still have our advisory in place,” Meade noted.
Winds are expected to peak at around 30 mph with occasional gale force gusts to around 39 mph throughout the day. According to Destin’s online blog, “these winds will primarily take place over open waters, coastal areas on the northern and eastern side of the islands and elevated areas”.