High pressure generating high winds and high seas

High pressure in the Caribbean has generated strong winds across Costa Rica and also threatens to cause high seas along the Caribbean coast. A small boat warning was issued.

A weather station at the Irazú volcano east of San José reported winds of 70 kph, about 44 mph, Monday. There were winds measured between 61 kph and 65 kph at Daniel Oduber airport, Juan Santamaría airport, Santa Ana and at Hacienda Pinilla in Santa Cruz. That is about 38 to 40 mph.

Overnight the temperature dipped to 17 C (62.6 F) in San José. The temperature also was estimated at slightly below freezing for a time Monday before
dawn on the Turrialba volcano.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the high pressure in the Caribbean would mean continued windy but dry and clear weather today. It was the national emergency commission that issued the small boat warning.

The commission cited marine experts who said the high pressure was generating 4-meter waves but that they expected the conditions to improve by Thursday. That’s about 13 feet.

The heavy seas also represent a danger to bathers and they should stay out of the ocean, said the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.

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