coastal reports and sea crossings forecast

Coastal Reports At 5 Pm Thursday 24 April 2014
Malin Head Automatic East, 13 Knots, Fair, 16 Miles, 1017, Steady
Buoy M5 Wind Direction Not Available, Wind Speed Not Available, The Visibility At Tuskar Lighthouse Is Greater Than 10 Miles, 1017, Falling Slowly
Roche's Pt Automatic East-Southeast, 11 Knots, Fair, 11 Miles, 1016, Falling Slowly
Valentia Automatic East-Southeast, 10 Knots, Fair, 21 Miles, 1014, Falling Slowly
Belmullet Automatic Northeast, 07 Knots, Cloudy, 16 Miles, 1016, Steady
Dublin Airport East-Southeast, 12 Knots, Fair, 21 Miles, 1017, Falling Slowly
Buoy M1 53o 8'N, 11o 12'W Report Not Available
Buoy M2 53o 29'N, 5o 26'W Report Not Available
Buoy M3 51o 13'N, 10o 33'W East-Southeast, 17 Knots, Wave Ht 2.3 M, 1012, Falling Slowly
Buoy M4 55o 0'N 10o 0'W West-Southwest, 3 Knots, Wave Ht 2.2 M, 1017, Rising Slowly
Buoy M5 51o 41'N 6o 42'W Wind Direction Not Available, Wind Speed Not Available, Wave Ht Not Available, 1017, Falling Slowly
Buoy M6 53o 4'N 15o 56'W South-Southeast, 09 Knots, Wave Ht 02.1 M, 1012, Steady
Disclaimer: buoy locations are approximate and are not for navigational purposes
Sea Crossings State of sea until 1500 Saturday 26 April 2014
Dublin - Holyhead Increasing to moderate on Friday
Rosslare - South Wales Moderate, increasing to rough on Friday
Cork - South Wales Moderate, increasing to rough on Friday
Rosslare - France Moderate to rough, increasing to very rough later on Friday
Cork - France Moderate to rough, increasing to very rough later on Friday

Sea Area Forecast until 1800 Friday 25 April 2014 Issued at 1800 Thursday 24 April 2014

Meteorological situation at 1500: High pressure across Scandinavia 1036hPa. and low pressure in the nearby Atlantic 1000hPa. generate a moderate southerly airflow over Ireland. An occlusion will feed into parts of west and southwest later tonight, with an advancing low steering up its associated fronts from the southwest this time tomorrow.

Forecast for coasts from Roche's Point to Loop Head to Erris Head

Wind: Increasing east to southeast force 4 or 5 this evening, locally force 6 overnight. Increasing force 5 to 7 early Friday afternoon, further increasing force 7 to gale force 8 by evening.

Forecast for coasts from Erris Head to Howth Head to Roche's Point and the Irish Sea

Wind: East to southeast force 3 to 5, strongest for northwest and south coasts, possibly reaching force 6 in the northwest and south by this time tomorrow.

Weather for all seas areas: Mainly fair, just isolated showers this evening. Rain in the southwest and west later tonight, with heavier rain in the southwest later Friday afternoon.

Visibility for all sea areas: Good, moderate or poor in rain or showers.

Warning of heavy swell: Nil

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1800 Saturday 26 April 2014: Strong to gale force east to southeast winds, with rain moving across the country from the southwest. A slow moving area of low pressure centred across southern parts will steer up bands of showery rain on Saturday. Winds will become cyclonic variable later.