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Advisory issued as tropical wave affects Barbados

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A tropical wave and an upper level trough are affecting the island.

The Barbados Meteorological Services is forecasting mostly cloudy to overcast conditions, with occasional brief scattered light to heavy showers and a very slight chance of isolated thunderstorms overnight.

On Wednesday, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with breaks of sunshine, intermittent, scattered heavy showers and a very slight chance of scattered thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, a a small craft and high surf advisory will be in effect for northern, eastern and southern coastal and marine areas of Barbados from 6 p.m. Tuesday. This will be updated at noon on Wednesday.

The central Atlantic high pressure system is expected to generate moderate to brisk surface winds of 20 to 25 knots (37 to 47 km/h) over the marine area in the coming days. This will result in a deterioration in sea conditions primarily on the north, east and southern coastal and marine area.

A small-craft advisory is issued when sustained winds of 20 to 25 knots and/or sea swells of 2.5 to 3.0 metres (8 to 10 feet) and/or reduced visibility (less than 10 km but greater than 5 km) are affecting or forecast to affect the marine area within the next 36 hours.

A high surf advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses or is forecast to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone. Swells in open water are expected to be moderate to rough during this period, peaking near 3.5 metres (11ft) on Friday.

All marine craft operators should note that large open water swells could be hazardous to some vessels and operation of smaller vessels could be difficult at times. Beach goers should ensure a lifeguard is or will be on duty and stay within safe distance of shoreline and lifeguard station. (PR/SAT)

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