Sea Forecast: Caution Required As Spring Tides Continue Through Sunday

Trinidad and Tobago is forecast to experience slight to near-calm seas over the next seven days as the pressure gradient across the region slackens, allowing for light winds. Increased tidal fluctuations are forecast through Sunday due to Spring Tides. Saharan Dust may also reduce horizontal visibility from next Monday.

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

Seas Forecast For Trinidad and Tobago


Sea state forecast through the next seven days, as slight 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 slight 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).

Seas are forecast to be slight over the next seven days. Waves in open waters are forecast to be generally between 1.0 and 1.25 meters. In sheltered areas, waves are forecast to be near calm, becoming occasionally choppy in heavy showers or thunderstorms, particularly within the Gulf of Paria

Winds are forecast to be gentle to light through next week with sustained winds between 5 to 15 knots from generally the southeast to the northeast. Gusts during this period are forecast to reach 25 knots, particularly from Sunday, associated with isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms.

Spring tides began on August 7th, 2022, and are forecast to continue through August 14th, 2022. These are higher than usual high tides and lower than usual low tides which may increase the risk of rip currents. Two drownings were already reported on Sunday, the first day of this Spring Tide event.

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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 is also forecast to fluctuate at varying concentrations throughout the week into the weekend. Increased dust haze may reduce horizontal visibility offshore.

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