High winds and seas in store for the week

25-knot winds possible by Thursday

Waves battered the George Town waterfront Monday. – Photo: Charles Duncan

Boaters are being cautioned about rough seas and high winds this week, and the National Weather Service expects to issue a small craft advisory by Thursday as winds are forecast to pick up to 25 knots over the coming days.

Cruise ships were sent to Spotts on the south side of Grand Cayman on Monday as waves pounded the George Town waterfront and Seven Mile Beach. Several waterfront businesses were closed as the swells crested over outdoor dining areas, sending spray over buildings and water roiling across the ironshore.

Weather service chief meteorologist Kerry Powery said a stationary cold front is sitting over most of the northwest Caribbean, bringing the cooler, windier weather.

“The front is expected to weaken over the next day or so,” Mr. Powery said, but then it will pick up again on Wednesday, possibly bringing in 5- to 7-foot waves with northeast winds from 20 to 25 knots.

“We don’t expect much rainfall,” Mr. Powery added, but between the wind and steady cloud cover, he said he expects the temperatures to stay cool, between the low 70s and low 80s for the week.

A series of nor’westers have pounded the Cayman Islands in recent weeks, disrupting the port, water sports operators and some waterfront businesses.

According to the Port Authority, 19 cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in Grand Cayman this week, including seven ships on Wednesday with more than 21,000 passengers.

Mr. Powery said he expects the rough weather to taper off over the weekend.

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