A high surf advisory is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda and two other Caribbean islands. The weather advisory will end on Tuesday, according to the MET office in St Johns.
A high surf advisory means that dangerous surfs of 2 to 3 meters or 6 to 10 feet will affect some coastlines in the advisory area, producing hazardous conditions.
Locations to be affected according to the MET office include reefs and exposed northern and eastern coastlines with relatively shallow, gently to moderately sloping, nearshore areas
In its summary, the met services said moderate long-period swells are expected to reach the area and affect mainly northern and east-facing coastlines.
The MET office said “threat level to the life, livelihood, property, and infrastructure of those using the affected coastlines will become elevated with the potential for limited impacts. These swells could cause life-threatening surfs and rip currents on affected coastlines”.
Beachgoers, especially to the mainly affected coastlines, should be extremely cautious.
They are advised to bathe only where lifeguards are present or on the sheltered, less affected beaches, mainly to the south and west.
“Extreme caution is also required by those using the affected non-beach or rocky coastlines. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and near structures such as groins, jetties, and piers. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help,” according to the MET office.