Gusty, High Surf, High Risk of Rip Currents

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A strong high pressure area to the north of the region continues to yield gusty easterly trade winds which are promoting the movement of clouds and showers across the Virgin Islands. This weather pattern is likely to continue through Monday evening. By late Monday into Tuesday, an inverted mid to upper level trough will affect weather conditions and may result in the formation of additional showers, and perhaps one or two thundershowers. Easterly winds will prevail today at 15-25 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Strong winds across the local waters continue to generate hazardous marine conditions. A gale warning remains in place for the outer Atlantic waters. Small craft advisories are in effect through Wednesday. Although improving marine conditions are expected during the middle of the week, hazardous seas will likely last through the second half of the week.

There is a high risk of rip currents through Tuesday night for all Virgin Islands beaches. In addition, a High Surf Advisory is in effect for St. Croix until Wednesday morning.

Sunrise: 6:54 a.m.
Sunset: 6:02 p.m.

FROM THE 3D MANDAHL WEATHER STATION
Saturday’s high temperature: 82 degrees at 1:44 p.m.
Saturday’s low temperature: 71 degrees at 5:04 a.m.
Peak wind gust: 27 miles per hour at 5:16 a.m.
24-hour rainfall: 0.15 inches
Monthly rainfall: 0.97 inches

Original Source: https://stjohnsource.com/2020/01/12/gusty-high-surf-high-risk-of-rip-currents/