Seas Forecast: Moderate Seas & King Tides This Weekend

If you’re near the coast this weekend, you may notice that the ocean is further away from the coastline than usual during a low tide. On the other hand, if you’re at the beach, you may realize that those beach chairs should be placed further inland because, at high tide, the water is unusually high.

From this weekend, some of the highest high tides and lowest low tides for 2022 are set to begin this weekend, ahead of the June 14th Supermoon. These tides are called King Tides, which usually indicate some of the highest tidal variations for a calendar year.

While these tides will affect nearshore areas, seas are forecast to remain moderate and occasionally choppy due to elevated low-level winds in open waters.

In addition, moderate to high concentrations of Saharan Dust will continue to reduce horizontal visibility offshore on Sunday, and then again from Wednesday.

There are no marine alerts, watches, or warnings in effect from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service at this time.

Seas Forecast For Trinidad and Tobago

Sea state forecast through the next seven 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 in Trinidad and the western coasts of Tobago. Open waters are the Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Trinidad and Tobago), the Eastern Columbus Channel (Southern Trinidad), and the Caribbean Sea (north of Trinidad, west of Tobago).
Sea state forecast through the next seven 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 in Trinidad and the western coasts of Tobago. Open waters are the Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Trinidad and Tobago), the Eastern Columbus Channel (Southern Trinidad), and the Caribbean Sea (north of Trinidad, west of Tobago).

In sheltered areas, waves are forecast to be near or below 1.0 meters with occasionally choppy conditions due to elevated low-level winds and forecast heavy showers or thunderstorm activity through the weekend.

Winds are forecast to be moderate to fresh through the next several days, with sustained winds between 15 to 20 knots from the southeast to the northeast but gusts as high as 25 knots. On Saturday, due to a surge in low-level winds following Tropical Wave 07, winds may gust as high as 30 knots.

Generally, seas in open waters will remain moderate through the next seven days. In open waters, waves are forecast to generally be up to 2.0 meters through next week, occasionally up to 2.5 meters over the weekend.

Tidal forecast for Port of Spain, Trinidad (above) and Scarborough, Tobago (below) courtesy Tide-Forecast.com
Tidal forecast for Port of Spain, Trinidad (above) and Scarborough, Tobago (below) courtesy Tide-Forecast.com
Tidal forecast for Port of Spain, Trinidad (above) and Scarborough, Tobago (below) courtesy Tide-Forecast.com

Saharan Dust will continue affecting T&T even with anticipated rainfall. Dust haze will gradually diminish into the weekend, with another surge set to arrive by late Saturday. Horizontal visibility may dip as low as 6 kilometers outside of shower or thunderstorm activity.

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