• Costa Rica Real Estate

Big waves, strong winds forecast for Pacific coast over the weekend

May 15, 2014

Two low-pressure systems originating in the Southern Hemisphere will cause powerful waves at most of Costa Rica’s Pacific beaches starting Friday.

A report from the University of Costa Rica’s Ocean Science and Limnology Research Center (CIMAR) states that the first system will bring waves of up to 6 feet every 18 seconds on Friday and Saturday.

The second system will create waves of up to 10 feet every 20 seconds on Sunday and Monday.

CIMAR’s Ocean Information Director Omar Lizano said that waves also will be affected by the influence of a full moon during high tide periods over the weekend.

“This will cause very strong breaks on the beaches, and some flooding on beachfront properties might occur,” Lizano added.

Large waves on Saturday and Sunday are expected to cause strong rip currents, and CIMAR warned beachgoers to take precautionary measures. The warning also applies to small boats in estuaries, river mouths and open beaches, mainly in Costa Rica’s northern and southern Pacific.

Sailing also could be affected, as winds up to 20 knots will blow over the northern Pacific, generating rough seas offshore for most of the weekend.

Waves caused by the second low-pressure system also will be breaking roughly at beaches in the northern Pacific and at Cocos Island. On Monday, waves up to 5.3 feet will continue at beaches in the central and southern Pacific regions.

Lizano warned coastal residents to be alert for strong wave breaks all weekend, especially from 8-11 a.m. and between 3-5 p.m.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

United States and El Salvador sign immigration agreement
Central America
17 views
Central America
17 views

United States and El Salvador sign immigration agreement

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2019

The United States and El Salvador reached an immigration agreement on Friday, the interim secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan,…

‘I want to write my story here too,’ Navas says of PSG
Keylor Navas
15 views
Keylor Navas
15 views

‘I want to write my story here too,’ Navas says of PSG

AFP and The Tico Times - September 20, 2019

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas debuted in the Champions League with Paris SG on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory against…

UN names Costa Rica as ‘Champion of the Earth’ for environmental efforts
Climate Change
257 views
Climate Change
257 views

UN names Costa Rica as ‘Champion of the Earth’ for environmental efforts

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 20, 2019

The United Nations has selected Costa Rica as its 2019 Champions of the Earth award for policy leadership, the organization…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!