Cayman appears to be in for some early “Christmas breezes” as a cold front is forecast to move into the northwestern Caribbean Thursday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Shamal Clarke said the models indicate the cold front will move west of Cayman and become stationary as of Thursday afternoon.
The cold front, currently across the eastern Gulf of Mexico, will move toward the Yucatan Peninsula and will support north to northeasterly winds across the northwestern Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers over the Cayman area, moving toward the west.
Winds are expected to be about 15 to 20 knots as of Friday.
Mr. Clarke said the cold front will bring fresh winds and rough seas, with some swells likely on the west coast.
“It’s hard to say what to expect from it when it stalls west of us,” he said.
Mr. Clarke said this kind of colder weather is typically the trend approaching Christmastime.
“As it is right now, if this cold front makes it any closer to us, possibility we will have colder temperatures … I am sure a lot of people are looking forward to that,” Mr. Clarke said.
However, he said the drop in temperature will not be significant – current overnight temperatures are in the mid-70s, but they could drop to the low 70s.
Mr. Clarke said Friday is likely to bring a decrease in wind speed and choppy seas, and by Saturday, normal weather conditions will resume.
One Bodden Town resident, former Speaker of the House Mary Lawrence, said she is looking forward to the cold front bringing in what is known locally as “Christmas breezes” to cool off the island.
Ms. Lawrence said, in the past, people always knew Christmas was coming when the wind shifted and “we would get that little north breeze and everything would cool down from as early as November.”
“The temperature would drop into the 60s and that was really cold for Cayman,” she said. “Cold weather was what we called it. Everyone looked forward to getting out their sweaters and blankets.”