Weekend Surf Forecast - 14th July - 16th July

Report Date: Friday 14 July 2017

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Summary

Small and lumpy in most places, bigger and lumpier in the northwest

Best bet

Southwest France

Synopsis at 00:00 UTC

Today’s chart shows an average-strength low pressure system just off Cape Farewell, with a westerly fetch on its southern flank generating some swell for north-western areas. The system moves slowly east, expected over Iceland by Sunday, with frontal systems crossing the north of Britain and Ireland. The southern two-thirds of the North Atlantic are filled with a large, flabby high, centred over the Azores and slow moving. Relatively low pressure over southwest Europe is generating northeast trades in Spain and Portugal. The upper airstream is moderate and shifted well to the north, and local pressure gradients are moderate.
NAO index (large positive values usually mean potentially good surf): +10 mb

Area forecasts

Southwest Wales

Friday:
Very small or flat in most places, with some tiny windseas generated by moderate to fresh westerly winds

Saturday:
Wave heights pick up to about three feet at exposed spots, with very lumpy conditions in fresh southwest winds, barely surfable

Sunday:
The swell drops again to almost nothing, with moderate gusting fresh westerly winds for most of the day, veering northwest late afternoon

North Devon and Cornwall

Friday:
Small swell and windseas, up to about three feet at exposed spots in the west, with moderate perhaps fresh west-northwest winds

Saturday:
Continuing mostly small and poor quality, around three feet on average, with moderate gusting fresh west-southwest winds

Sunday:
The small, lumpy swell continues, around three feet, with slightly improved wind conditions in moderate westerlies then light north-westerlies

South Coast of England

Friday:
Very small or flat practically everywhere, with light to moderate westerly winds

Saturday:
Continuing very small or flat, with moderate gusting fresh west-southwest winds

Sunday:
Very small or flat everywhere, with light westerly winds

East coast of England

Friday:
Very small or flat in most places, but a small, lumpy north swell up to about two feet might reach northerly exposures, light gusting moderate west-northwest winds

Saturday:
Wave heights drop to nothing practically everywhere, with light gusting moderate west-southwest winds

Sunday:
Very small or flat everywhere, with moderate gusting fresh perhaps strong westerly winds

North Coast of Scotland

Friday:
Small and lumpy, with local windseas up to about three feet, and moderate gusting fresh west-northwest winds

Saturday:
Continuing small and lumpy, perhaps a bit more solid later, around three feet or so with fresh westerly winds, decreasing later

Sunday:
Winds pick up to fresh to strong westerlies, and wave heights steadily pick up to four or five feet, continuing very lumpy

Northwest Ireland

Friday:
Lumpy swell and windsea, picking up to about six feet at westerly exposures, smaller elsewhere, with fresh becoming strong southwest
winds

Saturday:
The swell becomes a bit more solid, up to five or six feet at westerly exposures, with fresh to strong southwest winds

Sunday:
Winds veer to fresh westerlies and the swell steadily becomes more lined up, around six feet at westerly exposures

Southwest Ireland

Friday:
Smallish, lumpy swell and windsea, up to four or five feet with moderate to fresh southwest winds, gusting strong later

Saturday:
Wave heights pick up a bit, perhaps reaching six feet at westerly exposures, with very lumpy conditions in fresh gusting strong southwest winds

Sunday:
Winds veer northwest, moderate perhaps fresh, and the swell becomes quite a bit more lined up, reaching six or seven feet at exposed spots

Southwest France

Friday:
Small, good-quality swell, around three feet or so, with light variable winds most of the day but moderate northerlies mid to late afternoon

Saturday:
Wave heights drop to below three feet in most places, with light northeast winds at first then moderate perhaps fresh northwest later

Sunday:
Small and weak at first but then a noticeable swell arrives, around three feet or so, with light northwest winds

North coast of Spain – east of Gijón

Friday:
Small, good-quality swell at first, around three feet but dropping later, with windless conditions at first then moderate north-easterlies

Saturday:
Wave heights drop to below three feet everywhere, and winds pick up to fresh north-easterlies from around midday

Sunday:
A much more lined-up swell arrives from the northwest, around three feet or so, with windless conditions at first then moderate north-easterlies from around midday

North coast of Spain – west of Gijón

Friday:
Small, average-quality swell, around three feet at exposed spots, with persistent fresh east-northeast winds

Saturday:
The swell disappears and is replaced by northeast windseas at northerly exposures, around two feet or so, with fresh east-northeast winds

Sunday:
A small, longer-period northwest component mixes with the existing short-period northeast, around three feet on average, with fresh east-northeast winds

Northwest Galicia

Friday:
Small west swell, around two or three feet, battling against persistent strong northeast trades

Saturday:
The small swell continues, struggling to exceed three feet in most places, with strong northeast winds

Sunday:
Continuing small, with a longer-period component struggling through, around two or three feet on average, with strong northeast winds

Portugal – north of Lisbon

Friday:
Small, longer-period swell mixed with short-period north swell; around three or four feet on average, with moderate to fresh northwest winds

Saturday:
Continuing small and very mixed, around three feet or so on average, with light becoming moderate west-northwest winds

Sunday:
The swell becomes a bit more lined during the day, around three or four feet, by hampered by moderate westerly winds

Portugal – south of Lisbon

Friday:
Smallish, lumpy swell and windsea, perhaps up to four feet or so at northwest exposures, with light becoming moderate or fresh northwest winds

Saturday:
Continuing smallish and mixed, with light northwest winds at first increasing moderate or fresh later

Sunday:
The swell drops at first but then becomes a bit more solid by late afternoon, around three feet, with moderate perhaps fresh northwest winds