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7 day forecast for the Bahamas - Dec. 19th - 25th
By Bahamas Department Of Meteorology
Dec 20, 2019 - 6:57:22 AM

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SEVEN DAY FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS from 19th to 25th December 2019

General Situation: A strong cold front moving across the SE Bahamas will continue to produce some unsettled weather across the area, while building high pressure generate near gale force winds and hazardous boating and beaching conditions over the NW and Central Bahamas from early Thursday through Friday. By Saturday a surface low pressure system will develop near South Florida and it will continue to produce potential gale or near gale force conditions across the NW and parts of the Central Bahamas. As the low moves north-eastwards, it will drag a cold front across the NW Bahamas on Sunday with unsettled weather mainly along and ahead of the front. A trailing trough from the low pressure system in the central Atlantic Ocean will affect the NW Bahamas on Tuesday through Wednesday with lingering unsettled conditions.

Thursday 19th – Mostly cloudy to overcast, windy and warm with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across the NW and Central Bahamas during the daytime, but partly cloudy and very warm with few scattered showers or an isolated thunderstorm across the SE Bahamas. Cloudy to overcast with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across parts of the NW and Central Bahamas but partly cloudy to cloudy and mild conditions with few scattered showers or an isolated thunderstorm in the SE Bahamas. Maximum temperature 80°F and minimum temperature 70°F. Small craft should remain in port due to winds and ocean swells. Winds NE’ly at 20 to 30 knots in the NW Bahamas with stronger gusts; NE’ly at 10 to 15 knots in the Central Bahamas early, increasing to 15 to 25 knots late and light and variable at 10 knots or less in the SE Bahamas at first, switching NE to E at 10 knots or less later. Seas 8 to 12 feet in the NW Bahamas; 2 to 4 feet in the Central Bahamas building to 5 to 8 feet later and 1 to 3 feet in the SE Bahamas but up to 12 feet in building moderate to large NE’ly to E’ly ocean swell overall areas.

Friday 20th – Mostly cloudy to overcast, windy and mild with some scattered showers or possible isolated thunderstorms mainly across the Central and SE Bahamas during the daytime through nightfall. Maximum temperature 79°F and minimum temperature 68°F. Small craft should remain in port in the NW and Central Bahamas and caution comes into effect for the SE Bahamas later. Winds NE to E at 20 to 25 knots gusting to 30 knots or more in the NW and Central Bahamas and E to SE at 10 to 15 knots early in the SE Bahamas, becoming E’ly at 15 to 20 knots later. Seas 8 to 12 feet in the NW and Central Bahamas in large NE’ly to E’ly swells and 4 to 7 feet in the SE Bahamas up to 9 feet in the N’ly and NE’ly swells.

Saturday 21st – Partly cloudy, windy and warm with scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms mainly across the Central and SE Bahamas during the daytime. Partly cloudy to cloudy and windy with few lingering showers mainly across the Central Bahamas, but fair to clear skies and warm across the SE Bahamas. Maximum temperature 84°F and minimum temperature 73°F. Small craft should remain in port across the NW and Central Bahamas and advisory across the SE Bahamas. Winds E’ly at 25 to 30 knots in the NW and Central Bahamas and NE to E at 15 to 20 knots in the SE Bahamas. Seas 10 to 14 feet in large NE’ly to E’ly swells in the NW and Central Bahamas and 4 to 7 feet up to 9 feet in N’ly to NE’ly swells across the SE Bahamas.

Sunday 22nd – Variably cloudy, windy and mild with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across the NW and Central Bahamas through nightfall. Maximum temperature 80°F and minimum temperature 72°F. Small craft should remain in port early Sunday and advisory comes into effect for the NW Bahamas while caution comes into effect for Central Bahamas. Winds E to SE at 20 to 25 knots in the NW Bahamas; E to SE at 20 to 25 knots in the Central Bahamas, decreasing to 15 to 20 knots later and E’ly at 15 to 20 knots in the SE Bahamas, decreasing to 10 to 15 knots later. Seas 6 to 9 feet in large E’ly swells across the NW Bahamas; 6 to 9 feet in large E’ly swells and 4 to 7 feet in the SE Bahamas with moderate E’ly swells.

Monday 23rd – Cloudy to overcast, breezy and mild with scattered showers and widely scattered thunderstorms mainly across the NW and Central Bahamas through nightfall. Maximum temperature 76°F and a minimum temperature 67°F. Small craft advisory across the NW Bahamas and caution across the Central and SE Bahamas with advisory affecting the Central Bahamas later. Winds S to SW at 15 to 25 knots in the NW Bahamas shifting SW to W at 15 to 25 knots with gusts to 3o knots in the NW and Central Bahamas and SE to S at 15 to 20 knots in the SE Bahamas, switching to S to SW at 15 to 20 knots later. Seas 5 to 8 feet in the NW and Central Bahamas in large E’ly swells and 4 to 6 feet in the SE Bahamas in light to moderate E’ly swells.

Tuesday 24th – Variably cloudy, windy and mild with scattered showers mainly across the SE Bahamas through nightfall. Maximum temperature 78°F and a minimum temperature 64°F. Small craft advisory across the NW and Central Bahamas and caution across the SE Bahamas. Winds W’ly at 15 to 25 knots in the NW and Central Bahamas but turning more W to NW at 10 to 15 knots in the NW Bahamas later and SW to W at 15 to 20 knots in the SE Bahamas. Seas 5 to 8 in the NW and Central Bahamas, decreasing to 2 to 4 feet in the NW Bahamas later and 4 to 6 feet in the SE Bahamas.

Wednesday 25th – Partly sunny, warm and a bit breezy at times with the chance of a passing shower. Partly cloudy to fair skies and mild at night. Maximum temperature 81°F and minimum temperature 66°F. Small craft should exercise caution across the NW Bahamas. Winds NE’ly at 15 to 20 knots in the NW Bahamas and NW to N at 10 to 15 knots gusting at times in the Central and SE Bahamas. Seas 4 to 6 feet in the NW Bahamas and 2 to 4 feet in the Central and SE Bahamas early but falling to 1 to 3 feet later. Diminishing light to moderate N’ly to E’ly ocean swells overall exposed Atlantic waters continues.

Beachgoers and mariners should be vigilant for rough surf and the moderate to high risk of dangerous rip currents mainly along the north and east coast beaches during the stated advisories. Boaters and beachgoers should also be alert for possible waterspout activity. Mariners should exercise caution for gusty winds and higher seas during heavy showers or possible thunderstorms. Moderate to large ocean swells will continue to affect the seas on north through east coast beaches, with occasional sea spray and road incursion from sand and battering waves likely along coastal roads. Residents and motorists in Grand Bahama and Eleuthera should avoid using the Fishing Hole Road and the Glass Window Bridge respectively as wind driven waves may create hazardous conditions. Some flooding is likely to occur across the parts of the Bahamas as ponding water accumulates from steady rainfall and occasionally heavy downpours.


Geoffrey Greene

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