Small craft advisory in effect goes into effect tonight for Antigua and Barbuda


Urgent – Marine Weather MessageSmall Craft Advisory

Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services

4:30 pm Thursday 06 April 2023

…Small craft advisory in effect goes into effect tonight for Antigua and Barbuda…

…Small craft advisory in effect goes into effect Friday for Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands…

Locations to be affected: Mainly open waters on the Atlantic sides of the islands out to 20 nautical miles.

Timing: Late tonight until Sunday for Antigua and Barbuda; Friday morning until Sunday for Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands and Friday evening until Sunday for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis .

Synopsis: A combination of wind waves and wind swells is expected to cause hazardous seas, mainly on the Atlantic sides of the islands.

The threat level to the life, livelihood, property and infrastructure of mariners is forecast to rise to moderate to high with the potential for significant to extensive impacts.

A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots and or wind waves and or wind swells of 7 feet or greater are occurring or imminent.

Winds over open waters: East-northeast at 24 to 41 km/h (14 to 22 knots; 16 to 25 mph), with strong gusts to 63 km/h (34 knots; 39 mph).

Seas (significant wave heights): 1.8 to 2.7 metres (6 to 9 feet), occasionally or locally reaching 3.5 metres (near 12 feet).

Wind waves and or wind swells: 1.5 to 2.4 metres or 5 to 8 feet and occasionally higher. The dominant wind-wave period is 6 to 9 seconds.

Potential Impacts: Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; capsize or damage or loss of vessels and marine equipment; financial losses; disruption of fisheries and scarcity of fish products and disruption to marine transportation.

Caution: Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.

Please continue to monitor these hazardous, life-threatening marine conditions. Stay tuned to updates coming out of the Met Office via, and

Also, stay tuned to ABS Television/Radio along with other media platforms for updates.


Forecaster: Dale Destin

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