Rough winds, seas expected through the weekend

Forecasters warn that the next five days could bring a rough combination of high winds and choppy seas through the end of the week.

The Cayman Islands National Weather Service issued a small craft advisory Wednesday and cautions boaters to be careful through the end of the weekend as forecasters expect wave heights to reach 5 to 7 feet over the weekend.

The forecast from the Weather Service calls for clouds and winds to stick around through Saturday, with the highest chance for rain and possible thunderstorms on Friday.

Winds through the weekend are forecast to be from 10 to 20 knots through the end of the weekend. Strong gusts could come out of the east Thursday before the winds shift to northerly by Sunday. Over the weekend, forecasters expect rough seas, “especially along the west and northerly exposed coasts.”

Small boats “should exercise caution over the open waters,” Weather Service forecasters warn.

A new cold front will likely move into the area late Friday, and the overnight temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are expected to be in the mid-60s Fahrenheit, with highs in the mid to upper 70s.