Chilly weather sticking around

Cayman residents should take out their sweaters and jackets because the cool weather will stick around until at least through the end of the week.

The strong cold front that began affecting Cayman’s weather over the past weekend will ease up some from Wednesday night, but there’s another cold front expected to follow it.

Meteorologist Allan Ebanks with the National Weather Service, said Cayman was experiencing a very unusual start to the year, with two cold fronts already having blown through the area.

‘The average low for the year has been 71 [degrees Fahrenheit], which is much lower than normal,’ he said.

The overnight temperature Sunday night into Monday dipped to 64°, with wind gusts up to 25 knots, which is almost 29 miles per hour. High temperatures were only expected to reach 70° Monday, 75° on Tuesday, and 79° on Wednesday. Lows after Monday and through Friday were expected to be in the low 70s.

Seas are forecast to remain moderately rough to rough all week, with five to seven foot seas Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and four to six foot seas on Wednesday.

Winds are expected from the northeast or east until Friday, when, in advance of the next cold front, the winds will shift to the southeast.

Mr. Ebanks said that the next cold front was outside of the National Weather Service’s forecasting range.

‘But I do see it into the central Gulf of Mexico by Friday,’ he said.

The strong winds brought a small craft warning on Sunday and Monday. However, a small craft advisory will remain in effect at least through Friday.

‘It’s not going to be a good week for boating,’ he said.

Mr. Ebanks explained the difference between the two marine warnings.

‘A small craft advisory is when we want small boats to exercise caution over open seas,’ he said. ‘A warning is when we want small craft to remain in safe harbour.’