Weekend Surf Forecast - 17th Feb

Report Date: Friday 17 February 2017

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Summary

Long-period swell reaches westerly exposures, peaking in most places on Saturday

Best bet

Galicia

Synopsis at 00:00 UTC
Today’s chart shows a complex area of low pressure with centres about 300 miles southwest of Iceland and over Newfoundland respectively, and a moderate westerly fetch north of the Azores. The system will weaken over the next few days but has already produced a pulse of swell for west-facing coasts. To the south there is a high stretching from just southwest of the Azores to Iberia, which remains almost unchanged. The upper airstream is weak to moderate with no serious meanders. Local pressure gradients are generally weak.
NAO index (large positive values usually mean potentially good surf): +10 mb

Area forecasts

Southwest Wales

Friday:
A small but very long period swell arrives, perhaps hitting three or four feet at swell-magnets, hampered at many spots by fresh southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell increases and becomes more consistent, around four or five feet at exposed spots, with moderate southerly winds

Sunday:
The swell continues, weakening slightly, around four feet or so at exposed spots, with moderate gusting fresh westerly winds

North Devon and Cornwall

Friday:
Extremely long period swell, hitting four or five feet at swell magnets, with moderate or fresh southerly winds, backing southeast later

Saturday:
The swell increases and becomes more consistent, perhaps exceeding six feet at exposed spots in the west, with moderate south-southeast winds

Sunday:
The swell weakens slightly, averaging around four or five feet on average, with moderate westerly winds

South Coast of England

Friday:
Very small or flat in many places at first, but then a very long period swell hits westerly exposures, up to two or three feet, with light southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell fills in, around three feet at west and southwest exposures, with light southeast winds

Sunday:
The swell continues, dropping to below three feet in most places, with light to moderate winds from a westerly quarter

East coast of England

Friday:
Very small or flat in most places, with light variable winds or light southerlies

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

Sunday:
Very small or flat practically everywhere, with moderate to fresh westerly winds

North Coast of Scotland

Friday:
Westerly exposures and swell magnets might receive some very long period swell, around two feet or so, with moderate southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell increases slightly from the west, up to three feet or so at swell magnets, with fresh gusting strong southwest winds veering west later

Sunday:
The swell swings west-northwest, up to three or four feet at exposed spots but average to poor quality, with strong westerly winds, gusting gale-force later

Northwest Ireland

Friday:
Very long period west swell, up to four or five feet at westerly exposures, smaller elsewhere, with moderate to fresh southeast winds

Saturday:
The swell fills in and becomes more consistent, around six feet or so at westerly exposures, with fresh southwest winds quickly veering west

Sunday:
The swell continues, mixed with windseas generated by fresh gusting strong westerly winds; wave heights around five or six feet

Southwest Ireland

Friday:
Very long period west swell, picking up to well over six feet at exposed spots later, with fresh to strong south or southeast winds

Saturday:
The swell fills in and increases to ten feet or so at exposed reefs, with light southwest winds becoming moderate westerlies later

Sunday:
Wave heights drop to around six or seven feet and the swell becomes lumpy, with moderate perhaps gusting fresh westerly winds

Southwest France

Friday:
Smallish, average to good quality beachbreak surf, around three feet or so, picking up later, with light variable winds

Saturday:
A long-period swell arrives, up to six feet perhaps bigger north of Hossegor, with light winds from an easterly quarter

Sunday:
The swell continues, filling in a bit, around six feet or so around Hossegor and further north, with windless conditions or light westerlies

North coast of Spain – east of Gijón

Friday:
Small, average-quality beachbreak surf, around two or three feet, perhaps picking up later, with light winds from an easterly quarter

Saturday:
A long-period swell arrives from the west, up to five or six feet at westerly exposures, smaller elsewhere, with light variable winds

Sunday:
The west swell continues, around five or six feet at westerly exposures but struggling to reach many other spots, with light northwest winds

North coast of Spain – west of Gijón

Friday:
Small at first but then a long-period west swell arrives, perhaps around three or four feet at westerly exposures, smaller elsewhere, with light variable winds

Saturday:
The swell fills in, around three or four feet at westerly exposures, with light northeast winds

Sunday:
The swell continues, around three or four feet at westerly exposures, gradually dropping, with moderate perhaps fresh northeast winds

Northwest Galicia

Friday:
Very long period west swell, around four or five feet at exposed spots, with moderate gusting fresh southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell fills in and increases, perhaps reaching ten feet or so at westerly exposures, with light becoming moderate perhaps fresh northerly winds

Sunday:
The swell weakens and drops to around six feet at westerly exposures, with fresh gusting strong northeast winds

*Portugal – north of Lisbon *

Friday:
Very long period west swell, around four or five feet but much bigger at swell magnets such as Nazaré, with light variable winds

Saturday:
The swell fills in and increases, reaching ten feet or so at exposed spots, but with fresh northwest winds

Sunday:
Wave heights drop to around six to eight feet, and conditions improve with moderate to fresh northeast winds

Portugal – south of Lisbon

Friday:
Very long period west swell, picking up to five or six feet, perhaps bigger at exposed reefs, with light westerly winds

Saturday:
Wave heights pick up to eight feet or more, but winds also pick up to fresh north-westerlies

Sunday:
The swell continues, around seven or eight feet, gradually decreasing, with improved wind conditions in moderate north-easterlies