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Gale Warning

Gale to storm force west or northwest winds continuing this morning on all coasts of Ireland and on the Irish Sea.
Issued at 05:00 on 23-Feb-2017

Sea Area Forecast until 0600 Friday 24 February 2017

Issued at 0600 Thursday 23 February 2017

Gale Warning: In Operation

Small Craft Warning: See Gale Warning

Meteorological Situation at 0300:A rapidly deepening wave depression ( Doris) over Ulster will move quickly eastwards this morning in over northern England. The gale force northwest airflow over Ireland will moderate later today and a weak ridge will follow eastwards tonight.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Slyne Head to Malin Head
Wind: Northwest gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 and squally, occasionally reaching storm force 10 at first. Moderating force 7 or gale 8 and gusty by early afternoon. Further moderating force 6 or 7 this evening. Decreasing force 4 or 5 overnight and backing west.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Malin Head to Howth Head to Carnsore Point and the Irish Sea.
Wind: Cyclonic variable in northern areas at first, otherwise west or northwest strong gale 9 or storm force 10 with violent gusts, risk locally touching violent storm force 11 in the North Channel. Moderating to gale force 8 but gusty by afternoon. Further moderating force 6 or 7 by evening. Decreasing force 5 or 6 overnight.

Weather for all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea: Squally heavy showers, prolonged in places at first, risk of isolated thunderstorms. Showers becoming scattered later today.

Visibility for all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea: Moderate or poor in heavy showers, good at times outside showers.

Warning of heavy swell: developing for a time later today on western coasts

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 0600, Saturday, 25 February 2017: West to northwest winds decreasing moderate for a short time, but increasing gale force south to southwest through Friday. Mostly fair at first, rain spreading eastwards on Friday

Next update before 1300 Thu 23-Feb-2017
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