Waves pound the cliffs around Fort Amherst at the entrance to St. John's harbour. Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
A gale warning remains in effect on the province's east coast with gale force winds of 34 to 47 knots occurring today sending huge waves crashing into the shoreline.
According to Environment Canada, an intense low pressure system will remain quasi-stationary over the southern Grand Banks today then track southeastward away from the region tonight and Wednesday.
Along the shoreline from Cape Race to Cape Bauld, mariners are advised that the strong east to northeasterly winds forecast for today and tonight will produce rough surf and pounding waves resulting in higher than normal water levels.
Meantime, a wind warning remains in effect for the St. John's area. Winds up to 50 kilometres per hour are gusting to 80 k/hr, and up to 100 k/hr along parts of the coast, to be accompanied by between 10 and 20 millimetres of rain.
The temperature will remain steady near three.
Tonight will see periods of rain or drizzle and fog patches, with northeast winds of 50 gusting to 80.
Temperature will continue to hover around three.
The outlook for Wednesday is periods of drizzle ending in the evening then cloudy, with northeast winds gusting as high as 60 and the temperature staying around 3.
The forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is a mix of sun and cloud with a low of two and a high of zero.