Spring Tides & Moderate Seas Forecast For T&T This Week

Over the next seven days, the sea forecast to be quite normal for this time of year with no abnormal waves or swells forecast for the region. Low-level winds may remain elevated through Thursday, increasing seas in our open waters but moderate seas are forecast through the 7-day-period.

In the next 7 days, elevated hide tides and lower than usual low tides are forecast, due to spring tides associated with Thursday’s new moon.

Lastly, visibility may be slightly reduced due to fluctuating concentrations of Saharan Dust through the forecast period. We continue to monitor the ongoing eruption of the La Soufrière Volcano, though ash venting has ceased for now.

There are no alerts, watches, or warnings in effect for T&T from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service concerning seas at this time.

Seas Forecast For Trinidad

Sea state forecast through the next 7 days, as moderate seas are forecast. Note that sheltered areas include bays, beaches, and generally the Gulf of Paria and western areas of the Columbus Channel. Open waters are the Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Trinidad), the Eastern Columbus Channel (Southern Trinidad), and the Caribbean Sea (north of Trinidad).
Sea state forecast through the next 7 days, as moderate seas are forecast. Note that sheltered areas include bays, beaches, and generally the Gulf of Paria and western areas of the Columbus Channel. Open waters are the Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Trinidad), the Eastern Columbus Channel (Southern Trinidad), and the Caribbean Sea (north of Trinidad).

In sheltered areas, seas are forecast to remain below 1 meter generally. No major long-period swells are forecast, with swell periods between six to nine seconds. Throughout the week, large, breaking waves may exceed the 1-meter mark along northern and eastern coastlines.

Winds are forecast to be fresh, with winds up to 20 knots from the southeast to northeast gusting up to 25 knots, particularly on Tuesday and Thursday. Wind speeds are forecast to remain between 10 knots to 20 knots outside of this period and between 10 to 15 knots from Saturday into Sunday.

In open waters, seas will remain moderate with waves generally up to 2.0 meters as indicated above for Trinidad. Generally, open waters east and north of Trinidad will be the most agitated.

Spring tides will cause higher than usual high tides and lower than usual low tides through the forecast period. These tidal currents will require caution from mariners due to strong currents.

Tidal forecast for Port of Spain, Trinidad courtesy Tide-Forecast.com
Tidal forecast for Port of Spain, Trinidad courtesy Tide-Forecast.com

Seas Forecast For Tobago

Sea state forecast through the next 7 days, as moderate seas are forecast. Note that sheltered areas include bays, beaches, and generally western coasts of Tobago. Open waters are the Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Tobago) and the Caribbean Sea (west of Tobago).
Sea state forecast through the next 7 days, as moderate seas are forecast. Note that sheltered areas include bays, beaches, and generally western coasts of Tobago. Open waters are the Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Tobago) and the Caribbean Sea (west of Tobago).

In sheltered areas, seas are forecast to remain near 1 meter. In open waters, seas will remain moderate as indicated above for Tobago. Generally, open waters east and north of Tobago will be the most agitated.

Winds are forecast to be fresh, with winds up to 20 knots from the southeast to northeast gusting up to 25 knots, particularly on Tuesday and Thursday. Wind speeds are forecast to remain between 10 knots to 20 knots outside of this period and between 10 to 15 knots from Saturday into Sunday.

In open waters, seas will remain moderate with waves generally up to 2.5 meters as indicated above for Tobago. Generally, open waters east and north of Trinidad will be the most agitated.

Spring tides will cause higher than usual high tides and lower than usual low tides through the forecast period. These tidal currents will require caution from mariners due to strong currents.

Tidal forecast for Scarborough, Tobago courtesy Tide-Forecast.com
Tidal forecast for Scarborough, Tobago courtesy Tide-Forecast.com

Impacts on T&T’s Shorelines

No major impacts are forecast for T&T’s shorelines through the next 7 days. Due to spring tides, stronger tidal currents in nearshore areas; hence mariners will need to exercise extreme caution.

Minor coastal flooding is possible in low-lying coastal areas as peak high tides occur.

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