BAHAMAS MARINE FORECAST

MARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS FOR 24 HOURS FROM 6AM TUESDAY 2ND JANUARY, 2018 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 1050UTC.

WARNINGS: MARINERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.

GENERAL SITUATIONS: A COLD FRONT HAS DRIFTED AND STALLED ACROSS THE EXTREME NORTHERN ISLANDS AND IS EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY DRIFT ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS LATER THIS EVENING…IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY STRONG TO GALE FORCE NORTHERLY WINDS AND A DIP IN TEMPERATURES.

NORTHWEST BAHAMAS

ADVISORY:  A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY COMES INTO EFFECT BEHIND THE FRONT.

WINDS: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS AHEAD OF THE FRONT SHIFTING NORTH TO NORTHEAST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS BEHIND THE FRONT.

SEAS:       2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN AHEAD OF THE FRONT BUILDING 7 TO 10 FEET BEHIND THE FRONT, BUT UP TO 13 FEET IN NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS.

SWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS.

WEATHER:   BREEZY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF A FEW POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY IN VICINITY OF THE FRONT.

CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS

WINDS: EAST-NORTHEAST TO EAST-SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS, BUT FALLING LIGHT AND VARIABLE AT TIMES.

SEAS:     2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.

WEATHER:   CHANCE OF A FEW STRAY SHOWERS.

MOONSET:    7:15AM

HIGH TIDE:  7:35AM  & 7:56PM

MOONRISE:  6:28PM

LOW TIDE:    2:04PM & 2:04AM     WED

EXTENDED FORECAST: THE COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO REACH THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND MOVE ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS ON THURSDAY.

FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY

ADVISORY:     SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST & CENTRAL BAHAMAS.             

WINDS: NORTHWESTERLY AT 20 TO 30 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST & CENTRAL BAHAMAS BEHIND THE FRONT AND SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS AHEAD OF THE FRONT IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.

SEAS:    7 TO 10 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST & CENTRAL BAHAMAS BEHIND THE FRONT AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS, AHEAD OF THE FRONT

SWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS.

FORECAST FOR    THURSDAY

ADVISORY:     SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IN EFFECT.

WINDS: NORTHWEST TO NORTH AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS, DECREASING 10 TO 15 KNOTS BY THURSDAY NIGHT.

SEAS:

FORECASTER: K. WARD-FORBES/vd

 

 

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