Late season cold front coming

A late-season cold front is forecast to affect Cayman’s weather for the next several days.

Cayman’s Chief Meteorologist John Tibbetts said the cold front was in the central Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon and heading our way.

‘Winds should be fairly light Tuesday morning and then gradually build up and shift to the north at 15 to 20 knots,’ he said, ‘and it will probably have a little north-westerly component.’

Although the Cayman Islands often experiences wind conditions of 15-20 knots during the winter months, Mr. Tibbetts said it was the north/north-westerly direction of winds that makes a difference because it would make the seas rough along the west coast.

Waves are forecast to be three to five feet along the west coast on Tuesday evening, and then four to six feet along the north and west coasts on Wednesday. The Met Office has issued a small craft advisory for Wednesday and Thursday.

Mr. Tibbetts said he expected some clouds with the system, but not a lot of rain.

‘I don’t see it bringing thunderstorms or torrential downpours, or anything like that.’

Mr. Tibbetts said he thinks conditions should start improving Wednesday night. However, the official forecast calls for rough seas and waves of four to six feet persisting through Friday, with 15 to 20 knots winds shifting to the north-northeast starting on Thursday.

The frontal system will also bring cooler weather, with forecast highs in the low 80s and lows around 73°F through Friday.