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Sea Area Forecast

Forecast valid from: 06:00, Thursday 02 December 2021 until 06:00, Friday 03 December 2021

Small Craft Warning

1. Northwest to north winds will reach force 6 or higher this tomorrow morning (Thursday) on Irish coasts from Fair Head to Hook Head to Erris Head. 2. Southwest winds, veering northwest will reach force 6 or higher tomorrow evening (Thursday) and night on all Irish coasts.

Gale Warning

Nil

Meteorological Situation at 03:00 UTC

Ireland lies in a fresh to near gale force northwest to north airflow between a depression of 969hPa centred to the east of Denmark and an anticyclone of 1036hPa centred over the Azores. A temporary ridge of high pressure will build from the west today.

Small Craft Warning: In effect

Heavy Swell (>4m) : Nil

Wave Height Forecast

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Mizen Head to Erris Head to Malin Head

Wind: Northerly force 5 or 6 and gusty, decreasing northwest force 4 or 5 south of Slyne Head imminent, but northwest or variable force 2 to 4 north of Slyne Head. Soon backing southwesterly and increasing force 5 or 6 and gusty. Later increasing force 6 or 7 and gusty before decreasing northwesterly force 5 or 6. Further decreasing force 4 or 5 by the end of the period.

Weather: Mostly cloudy with well scattered showers. Rain and drizzle soon.

Visibility: Moderate or poor in precipitation, otherwise good.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Malin Head to Howth Head to Mizen Head and for the Irish Sea

Wind: North to northwest force 5 to 7 and gusty, decreasing northwesterly force 3 to 5 imminent, slackest north of Belfast Lough. Soon backing west to southwest. Later increasing southwesterly force 5 or 6 and gusty, occasionally reaching force 7. Decreasing northwesterly force 5 or 6 by the end of the period.

Weather: Cloudy to fair with well scattered showers. Rain and drizzle later.

Visibility: Moderate or poor in precipitation, otherwise good.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 06:00, Saturday 04 December 2021

Mostly moderate to fresh northwesterly winds will back westerly by Friday afternoon, with cyclonic variable winds developing on southern sea areas. Westerly winds will increase strong to near gale force and gusty on Friday evening on Atlantic sea areas and occasionally reaching gale force, extending eastwards overnight. Weather: Rain for a time in southern sea areas Friday afternoon. Heavy and blustery showers extending to all sea areas by Friday night with a risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms.

Forecast issued at: 06:00, Thursday 02 December 2021

All times are local unless specified

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