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High waves in the North Pacific and Caribbean coasts during Easter,
specialists warn






























Published Tuesday, March 30, 2021

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Most people take advantage of Easter break to visit the country coasts. Specialists warn about the increase in winds and waves, so tourists can take precautions and avoid water accidents.

The so-called easterlies continue to increase and cause high pressures in the North America Atlantic Ocean and on the other hand, low pressure in the South America Atlantic Ocean.

The trade winds or easterlies are the permanent east-to-west prevailing winds that flow in the Earth's equatorial region.

This condition can cause a strong increase in the waves during this Easter on the country's both coasts, in the North Pacific (Guanacaste Province) and Caribbean (Limón Province), warned the specialists of the Oceanographic Information Module of the University of Costa Rica.

According to the report, this season around the spring equinox with a full moon causes very high tides in the mornings and afternoons.

In the northern coastal area of ​​Guanacaste, strong winds are forecast to intensify as of Saturday. The average wind speed this week is between 43 kilometers per hour to 60 kilometers per hour. There is the possibility of reaching the maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour on Thursday.

Experts forecast that the waves' height average will reach 1.4 meters, this is a result of a combination with swells from the southwest and the wind blowing out of the coast.

In this northern area of ​​Guanacaste, especially from Santa Elena Island to the north, specialists predict the wind will blow out of the coast and generate high waves offshore, approximately from 30 to 40 nautical miles from the coast.

Caution is recommended for the navigation of small and medium boats (between 7 to 20 meters long) from Saturday of this week until Wednesday of the next week.

Also, the strong northeast wind can generate dangerous swell conditions in Lake Arenal and the interior of Nicoya Gulf, so caution is recommended for small boat navigation (less than 7 meters long) during this week and until Wednesday of next week.

In that zone wind speeds are forecast between 22 to 45 kilometers per hour, blowing out of the coast. Wave height is expected with an average of 1.5 to 1.8 meters.

Specifically, in the area near Tamarindo Beach to the north of Bahía Murcielago, caution is recommended for the navigation of small and medium boats, from 7 to 20 meters, from Saturday to Monday, especially in the mornings.

Extreme precautionary measures should be taken especially on Saturday of the next week because strong winds are forecast in the area.

However, in the southern coastal zone of Guanacaste, from Tamarindo Beach to the south, the winds and moderate waves are optimal conditions for marine-coastal activities, the specialists said.



In the Central and South Pacific Coast (Puntarenas Province) swells of no more than 1.2 meters are forecasted. The average wind speed will be between 20 to 30 kilometers per hour.

High tides that have been recorded since Monday in this area, could cause flooding in the lower coastal areas and intensify the currents in rivers and bays.

In the Caribbean Coast (Limón Province) specialists forecast a wind speed of 30 kilometers per hour. The wave height will remain above 2.0 meters throughout Easter but could increase as of Friday.

The next week, the average swell forecasts will be between 2.7 and 3.0 meters with maximum waves between 3.5 and 4.0 meters.

On the Caribbean Coast, caution is recommended for people who like swimming in the ocean and small boats of 7 meters or smaller. This due to the high waves that are forecast from Saturday until Tuesday of the next week. "These waves may increase erosion processes on some beaches and generate flooding in the lower zones," they said.

The specialists of the Oceanographic Information Module will publish tides and winds updated information every 6 hours on their Facebook page.


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