Small craft warning issued for weekend

Stingray City may remain closed over weekend

Ominous clouds gather above the George Town Yacht Club on Tuesday. National Weather Service forecasters say the Cayman Islands should expect stormy weather over the next several days, with high winds and rough seas anticipated. - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Weather forecasters say 15 to 20 knot winds and rough seas will continue through the weekend.

Gusty winds will be coming from the east to northeast. Pirates Week organizers say they do not expect the weather to impact festivities on the George Town waterfront this weekend.

National Weather Service forecaster Avalon Porter said George Town has the highest chance to see some showers Friday night, but otherwise the system is expected to produce mainly wind and waves.

The wind will shift Sunday to come from the north, still at 15 to 20 knots, with higher gusts, Mr. Porter said.

Stingray City sandbar was closed Thursday because of the weather and may remain closed over the weekend.

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Inspector Leo Anglin, with the police marine unit, said officers assess weather at the sandbar on a daily basis. Given the forecast for the coming days, he said, it is “highly likely” the sandbar will be closed Friday and over the weekend.

The high temperatures for the next five days will be between 82 and 85, with lows in the mid-70s.

The small craft warning begins Friday and will likely stay in effect through Monday. The Weather Service predicts rough waves at 6 to 8 feet Friday and 5 to 7 feet through the weekend.

Forecasters say the worst of the winds and waves will be on the north and east sides of Grand Cayman.

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