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Cruz Bay
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Weather for Cruz Bay, VI

  • Thursday Will Be Mostly Sunny With Scattered Showers – MARINE ALERTS EXTENDED –
    December 8, 2022

    Updated 12/08/22 at 7:10 a.m. AST

    NEW: A weekly weather video update on the VI Source YouTube page is available.

    ! SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT 

    Northeasterly swells will continue to impact the area throughout the week and into next week, and marine weather alerts have been extended.

    “Breaking waves up to 15 feet will cause dangerous rip currents, beach erosion, and local coastal flooding conditions across the islands` northern and eastern sections. High Surf Advisories are in effect as well as statements for a high rip current risk,” an update on Thursday from the NWS explained.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) in San Juan, PR, has issued a “High Rip Current Risk” for the U.S. Virgin Islands and areas of northern Puerto Rico. The alert will be in effect through at least 6:00 p.m. AST on Sunday.

    Additionally, a “Small Craft Advisory” will be in effect for portions of the local waters around the USVI and Puerto Rico until 2:00 p.m. AST next Monday. 

    A “High Surf Advisory” is also in effect for northern Puerto Rico and the USVI until at least 6:00 a.m. AST on Sunday.

    THURSDAY’S FORECAST

    Thursday will be mostly sunny with scattered showers, primarily before 3:00 p.m. The high temperature will be approximately 83°F, with winds out of the north at about 13 to 17 mph, gusting up to 22 mph. The chance of rain today is 40%.

    Thursday night will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers, primarily after 3:00 a.m. The low temperature will be approximately 73°F, with winds out of the north at about 15 to 17 mph, gusting up to 22 mph. The chance of rain tonight is 50%.

    MARINE FORECAST

    MARINE WEATHER ALERTS EXTENDED

    Northeasterly swells will continue to impact our area through early next week. 

    On Thursday and Thursday night, winds will predominantly be out of the north at 10 to 15 knots.

    During the daytime, seas will be 6 to 8 feet, with occasional 10-foot seas, with a swell period of 11 seconds. At nighttime, seas will be 8 to 10 feet, with occasional 13 foot seas, and a swell period of 12 seconds. 

    The water temperature is approximately 81°F.

    HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS

    Rip Currents: There is a chance for powerful rip currents across the islands, and a “High Rip Current Risk” will be in effect through at least 6:00 p.m. AST on Sunday. Swimmers and surfers should take extra precautions (and if caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are outside of the pull of the current). Learn more about rip current safety here.

    Marine Conditions: A “Small Craft Advisory” will be in effect for portions of the local waters around the USVI and Puerto Rico until at least 2:00 p.m. AST on Monday. 

    A “High Surf Advisory” is also in effect for northern Puerto Rico and the USVI until at least 6:00 a.m. AST on Sunday.

    IN THE TROPICS

    Tropical Activity: Tropical cyclones are not expected to impact the USVI within the next five days.

    Tropical Details: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a system designated “Invest 99L/Tropical Disturbance #1” in the Central Atlantic. The system has a 30% chance of experiencing development over the next 2 days, and a tropical or sub-tropical storm may form, and potentially impact the Azores islands and Eastern Europe. This system will not affect the USVI in terms of wind or rain. However, marine conditions will continue to be hazardous due to the large amounts of energy generated by this storm.

    We will continue to remain in a “La Niña” weather pattern, and with this weather pattern, there is a slightly increased chance for cyclone development, even outside of hurricane season.

    A 2022 Hurricane Season update/review article is available here.

    OBSERVATIONS
    Sunrise: 6:41 a.m.
    Sunset: 5:44 p.m.

    Ocean water temperature: 80-82°F
    UV index today: Moderate-High 6/10

    Wednesday’s high temperature: 83°F
    Wednesday’s low temperature: 76°F