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‘High risk of rip currents’ expected through Sunday, December 2, 2018

December 1st, 2018 | Tags: Virgin Islands weather
The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) says, “a high risk of rip currents is expected,” through Sunday, December 20, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Residents and visitors of the Virgin Islands (VI) are urged to exercise caution while swimming on northern shore beaches over the weekend with special attention paid to beach safety flags before entering waters.

This warning comes following a release from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) which said, “a high risk of rip currents is expected,” through Sunday, December 20, 2018.

According to the National Weather Service, low-level clouds accompanying a weak easterly trough will also continue to exit the region during the evening hours leaving partly cloudy to mostly clear skies over land areas.

Occasional passing showers 

Meanwhile, “occasional passing showers may continue to affect the coastal waters and some may reach the north and east coastal sections of a few of the islands from time to time.”

Across the regional waters, a northwest swell and increasing trade winds will help create seas between 6 to 8 feet across the Atlantic waters and passages.  

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