BMKG warns of high waves in many Indonesian waters, up to 4 metres

TIME.CO, Jakarta – The Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics or BMKG urges people carrying out activities on the coast to be aware of the potential high wave up to four meters in several Indonesian waters on 21-22 September 2023.

“We ask that people living and carrying out activities on the coast around areas where high waves are likely to occur remain alert at all times,” said the head of the Maritime Meteorology Centre, BMKG, Eko Prasetyo in Jakarta, Thursday 21 September 2023.

He said the wind pattern in northern Indonesia generally moves from the southeast-southwest with wind speeds ranging from 5 to 20 knots, while in southern Indonesia it generally moves from the east-southeast with wind speeds of 6 -25 knots. “The highest wind speeds were observed in the southern Sunda Strait and southern Makassar Strait,” she explained.

This condition, he said, causes the possibility of increased waves up to 1.25-2.5 meters in the waters north of Sabang, the waters west of Aceh, the western Indian Ocean in Aceh, the waters west of Simeulue Island-Mentawai Islands, the southern part of Lampung Bay, Sape Strait, the South, Western Sumba Strait, Savu Sea, Ombai Strait, the waters of Kupang-Rote Island , the southern Indian Ocean of Kupang and the southern Karimata Strait.

Then the central and eastern Java Sea, the eastern Flores Sea, the southern Kalimantan-Kota Baru waters, the Balikpapan-Samarinda waters, the central and southern Makassar Strait, the western Sulawesi Sea, the waters of the Bitung Islands -Sitaro, the waters of the Sangihe Islands-Talaud Islands, Molucca Sea, waters west of the Halmahera Islands, Halmahera Sea, North Pacific Ocean Halmahera, West Banda Sea, waters of the Island of Buru, Seram Sea, waters of Misool-south of Sorong, waters of the Aru Islands and the Arafuru Sea.


Meanwhile, higher waves of between 2.5 and 4 meters are likely to occur in the waters of Enggano-Bengkulu Island, waters west of Lampung. Indian Ocean West Kep. Nias-Lampung, Western and Southern Sunda Strait, southern waters of Banten-Sumba Island, Southern Bali-Lombok-Alas Strait, Banten-Sumba Island in the southern Indian Ocean. “For this reason it is necessary to pay attention to the high risks to navigation safety,” said Eko Prasetyo.

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