Sea Area Forecast

Valid until 1800 Mon 24 Apr 2017

Issued at 1800 Sun 23 Apr 2017

Meteorological Situation at 1500: An anticyclone of 1028hpa centred close to the Strait of Dover and extending across Britain and Ireland, maintains a light and variable airflow across the country. Low pressure of 1008 hPa to the north of Scotland drives a weak warm front over the country today and its associated cold front will follow tonight, introducing a cold, unstable northerly flow later.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carlingford Lough to Howth Head to Carnsore Point and for the Irish Sea

Wind: South to southwest force 3 or 4, veering westerly and increasing force 4 or 5 tonight and veering northwest by noon on Monday and increasing force 6 or 7.

Weather: Mainly fair, but patches of rain, drizzle and fog. Rain turning persistent in the north and northwest tonight and spreading south during Monday.

Visibility: Generally good, but moderate to poor in rain, drizzle and fog.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Mizen Head to Loop Head

Wind: Easterly or variable force 3 or less, increasing west to northwest force 2 to 4 tonight, and further increasing northwest to north force 4 to 5 by noon on Monday and reaching force 6 or 7 by the end of the period.

Weather: Mainly fair, but patches of rain, drizzle and fog. Rain turning persistent in the north and northwest tonight and spreading south during Monday.

Visibility: Generally good, but moderate to poor in rain, drizzle and fog.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Loop Head to Rossan Point to Carlingford Lough

Wind: West to northwest force 4 or 5, increasing force 4 to 6 overnight and veering northwest to north.

Weather: Mainly fair, but patches of rain, drizzle and fog. Rain turning persistent in the north and northwest tonight and spreading south during Monday.

Visibility: Generally good, but moderate to poor in rain, drizzle and fog.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1800 Tue 25 Apr 2017

Strong to near gale north to northwest winds. Rain and drizzle extending southwards on Monday, followed by clearer, showery conditions, with a risk of hail and thunder.