SEA AREA FORECAST Meteorological Situation at 0900 A depression of 989hPa centred to the east of Iceland and an anticyclone of 1031hPa to the south of Ireland generates a mainly fresh to strong west to southwest airflow over Ireland. Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Erris Head to Malin Head to Wicklow Head and for the North Irish Sea Westerly force 5 or 6 and gusty, increasing force 6 or 7 and gusty on northern sea areas imminent. Later decreasing westerly force 4 to 6 and gusty. Cloudy, with showery rain/drizzle, mainly in the north. Moderate or poor in precipitation. Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Wicklow Head to Roches Point to Erris Head and for the South Irish Sea Westerly force 4 or 5 and gusty imminent. Soon backing southerly force 2 to 4 in southwestern sea areas. Later gradually becoming southerly force 3 to 5 and gusty in all areas, strongest in southern and southeastern sea areas. Mainly cloudy with some showery rain. More persistent rain and drizzle tomorrow. Mist and fog patches. Moderate or poor in precipitation, mist and fog. Outlook for a further 24 hours until Mainly fresh southwesterly winds, decreasing light to moderate mainly variable on sea areas from Slyne Head to Malin Head to Howth Head. Increasing strong to near gale force southwesterly on sea areas further south, possibly reaching gale force at times towards the end of the period. Weather: Outbreaks of rain, turning heavy and persistent later. Mist and fog patches.