Boaters should watch for rough seas for at least the next five days as winds from the east to northeast kick up rough waves. The National Weather Service has issued a small craft warning through the week as forecasters predict seas of 6 to 8 feet Tuesday and 5 to 7 feet Wednesday.
The temperature should hold steady, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-70s, but winds will reach 20 to 25 knots Tuesday, according to the weather service. The winds are expected to calm slightly for the rest of the week, to between 10 and 20 knots.
Weather service forecaster Gilbert Miller said, “It will be fairly dry for the next couple of days.” Any showers, he said, will likely be brief in the mornings.
The high winds and rough seas will stay in the area at least until Friday, he said, but forecasters are not sure how long the system will last.
The direction of the winds mean the rough seas will mostly affect East End and people out at sea. Seven Mile Beach and the south side of the island should remain relatively calm for the week before Christmas.
Mr. Miller said a cold front that is moving from the United States into the Gulf of Mexico will probably not reach the Cayman Islands.