Sea Area Forecast

Forecast valid from: 12:00, Friday 23 February 2024 until 12:00, Saturday 24 February 2024

Small Craft Warning

Westerly winds, later veering northwest, will reach force 6 or higher today (Friday) tonight and early Saturday on all Irish coasts from Carnsore Point to Loop Head to Malin Head.

Gale Warning

Northwest winds will reach gale force 8 at times on Friday evening and Friday night on Irish coastal waters from Mizen Head to Loop Head to Slyne Head

Atlantic Swell

On Atlantic coasts.

Meteorological Situation at 09:00 UTC

A complex low (970hPa) between Iceland and Ireland generates a strong and unstable west to northwest airflow across the country. Showery troughs remain embedded in the flow.

Gale Warning: In effect

Small Craft Warning: In effect

Heavy Swell (>4m) : yes

Wave Height Forecast

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Valentia to Erris Head

Wind: West to northwest force 6 or 7. Soon increasing northwesterly force 7 or gale force 8 between Mizen Head and Slyne Head.

Weather: Occasional heavy showers, some of hail with isolated thunderstorms possible. Mostly fine towards the end of the period.

Visibility: Decreasing moderate or poor in showers

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Erris Head to Rossan Point to Malin Head

Wind: Westerly force 5 or 6 and gusty. Soon decreasing force 3 or 4. Later increasing northwesterly force 6 or 7 and gusty.

Weather: Occasional heavy showers, some of hail with isolated thunderstorms possible. Mostly fine towards the end of the period.

Visibility: Decreasing moderate or poor in showers

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

Wind: Westerly force 4 or 5 and gusty. Later decreasing northwesterly or variable force 2 to 4.

Weather: Fine at times with scattered rain or hail showers.

Visibility: Good, decreasing moderate or poor in showers

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 12:00, Sunday 25 February 2024

A temporary ridge of high pressure will build from the Atlantic with moderating northwest winds. Winds will gradually back southeasterly and strengthen along southwest coasts as low pressure runs the south of the country. Fine at first with scattered rain/drizzle later, heaviest for southern areas.

Forecast issued at: 12:00, Friday 23 February 2024

All times are local unless specified