Windy weather this week

Grand Cayman will be under a small
craft warning through at least Friday as windy conditions affect the area.

Cayman’s National Weather Service
is calling for wind speeds of 20 to 25 knots – 23 to 29 miles per hour­ –
bringing rough seas of five to seven feet starting on Tuesday.

Chief Meteorologist John Tibbetts
said the weather system was neither a cold front nor associated with any
tropical weather activity.

“You’ve heard us talk about the
Bermuda-Azores high? Well, every once in a while it strengthens up and that’s
what’s going to be affecting us,” he said.

The Azores High is a large subtropical
semi-permanent centre of high atmospheric pressure that generally spans
between the Azores Islands and Bermuda in the Atlantic
Ocean
. It can sometimes expand southward, causing windy conditions to the
Cayman Islands.

Mr. Tibbetts said no rainfall was
anticipated with the windy weather, but he noted that the rainy season was
right around the corner.

“It usually starts mid-to-late
May,” he said.

Although Mr. Tibbetts said the
roughest seas will be over open seas, he said the large waves could affect the
north and east coasts of Grand Cayman.

Because the winds will get up over
20 knots, Mr. Tibbetts said the National Weather Service issued a small craft warning
instead of an advisory. With an advisory, small craft are asked to exercise
caution over open seas; with a warning, small craft are asked to remain in safe
harbour.

The windy weather might bring a
closure to Stingray City.

Royal Cayman Islands Police
Inspector Bennard
Ebanks of the Marine Unit said the weather conditions would be monitored.

“If
there is a need to close the sandbar, etcetera, established protocols will be
followed,” he said, adding that the Marine Unit asks all boaters to adhere to
small craft warnings.

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