Seas Forecast: King Tides Continue Through Saturday

If you’re near the coast this week through Saturday, 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.

This year’s highest high tides and lowest low tides are ongoing due to the July 13th 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 in open waters.

In addition, high to significant concentrations of Saharan Dust are forecast to reduce horizontal visibility offshore through the forecast period, mainly from Saturday, July 16th, 2022.

There are no marine-specific 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 forecast heavy showers or thunderstorm activity, mainly from Friday.

Additionally, King Tides have begun on Saturday, July 9th, 2022, and continue through July 16th. These tidal fluctuations will increase the potential for rip currents along T&T’s coastlines. With no lifeguards at some of our nation’s most popular beaches “until further notice,” extreme caution will be required by beachgoers.

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Winds are forecast to be gentle to moderate from Thursday through Sunday, with sustained winds between 5 to 15 knots from generally the southeast to the northeast. However, winds may be light and variable on Saturday into Sunday. Gusts during this period are forecast to reach 25 knots. On Wednesday and from Monday, winds are forecast to be between 15 to 20 knots from the southeast to the northeast, with gusts to 25 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 into week. On Sunday, open water waves may exceed 2.0 meters.


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 through the forecast period. Horizontal visibility may dip as low as six kilometers outside of shower or thunderstorm activity from Saturday, July 16th, 2022.

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