Sea Area Forecast

Valid until 0000 Thu 26 Apr 2018

Issued at 0000 Wed 25 Apr 2018

Small craft warning: In operation.

Meteorological Situation at 2100: A depression of 992hPa centred around 450 Nautical Miles northwest of Erris Head is tracking northeastwards between Scotland and Iceland. A southwest to west airflow continues to freshen over Ireland as a result.

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

Wind: West to southwest force 4 or 5, increasing southwesterly force 4 to 6 and gusty during the morning, occasionally reaching force 7 on Wednesday afternoon. Veering southwest to west force 4 to 6 and gusty on Wednesday evening.

Weather: Scattered showers in Atlantic Sea Areas spreading to all sea areas during Wednesday. Some heavy, with a risk of isolated thunderstorms.

Visibility: Moderate or poor in rain or showers. Otherwise good.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Roches Point to Slyne Head to Malin Head.

Wind: West to southwest force 4 or 5, increasing force 5 to 7 and gusty overnight veering westerly in the morning and increasing force 6 or 7 and gusty on Wednesday afternoon, with the risk of occasional gale 8 on western coasts, transferring to the northwestern coasts in the evening

Weather: Scattered showers in Atlantic Sea Areas spreading to all sea areas during Wednesday. Some heavy, with a risk of isolated thunderstorms.

Visibility: Moderate or poor in rain or showers. Otherwise good.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 0000 Fri 27 Apr 2018

Fresh to strong or near gale force westerly winds, strongest in northwestern sea areas, will decrease mostly moderate to fresh on Thursday afternoon. Winds becoming mostly light to moderate northwesterly or variable on Thursday night but freshening northeasterlies will develop in the southwest by the end of the period. Scattered showers during Thursday. Rain developing in the southwestern sea areas on Thursday evening and spreading eastwards on Thursday night.