Weekend Surf Forecast. 24th Feb.

Report Date: Friday 24 February 2017

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Summary

Continuous average-quality swell with a more solid pulse later

Best bet

Southwest France

Synopsis at 00:00 UTC

Today’s chart shows a moderate-strength low pressure system centred about 500 miles southwest of Cape Farewell, moving towards Iceland and deepening. There is a high over the Azores with a weak ridge extending north-eastwards towards Britain and Ireland, and another low over Holland. A new low, over Newfoundland, is expected to swing around the periphery of the old system and deepen dramatically west of Iceland by Sunday. The upper airstream is moderately strong, and local pressure gradients are strong in the north, moderate in the south.
NAO index (large positive values usually mean potentially good surf): +20 mb

Area forecasts

Southwest Wales

Friday:
Small, poor-quality swell, around three feet or so at exposed spots, with moderate to fresh westerly winds backing southwest later

Saturday:
A more solid swell arrives, driven by strong to gale-force southwest winds, up to six or seven feet and very lumpy

Sunday:
The wind-driven swell continues, mixing with a longer-period component; exceeding eight feet at exposed spots with strong to gale-force southwest winds

North Devon and Cornwall

Friday:
Average to poor quality swell, around four or five feet at exposed spots, with moderate to fresh west-northwest winds, gradually backing southwest

Saturday:
Winds pick up to strong to gale-force southwest, and wave heights pick up to a very lumpy six or seven feet at exposed spots

Sunday:
The swell becomes more solid as a longer-period component mixed with the existing windseas; hitting ten feet in the west, with strong to gale-force southwest winds

South Coast of England

Friday:
Small, fairly weak swell, around two or three feet at west and southwest exposures, with moderate northwest winds backing west later

Saturday:
Winds pick up to fresh or strong southwest, and wave heights pick up to a lumpy four or five feet at exposed spots

Sunday:
The swell becomes a bit more solid, perhaps reaching six feet at the most exposed spots later, with strong to gale-force southwest winds

East coast of England

Friday:
Quite good quality north swell, up to about five feet at northerly exposures, gradually dropping, with moderate northwest winds backing west later

Saturday:
The north swell continues, dropping to about three feet but becoming more lined up, with fresh to strong southwest winds, perhaps gusting gale-force

Sunday:
The north swell drops to below three feet everywhere, and winds are fresh to strong south-southwest, perhaps gusting gale-force later

North Coast of Scotland

Friday:
Good-quality northwest swell, perhaps reaching five or six feet at exposed spots, with light southerly winds increasing moderate or fresh later

Saturday:
The northwest swell is swamped by a larger, wind-driven west swell, exceeding six feet at exposed spots, with strong west-northwest winds

Sunday:
Conditions clean up as winds turn southerly, fresh to strong, with a mixed swell around five or six feet, increasing and becoming more solid later

Northwest Ireland

Friday:
Average to good quality west-northwest swell, up to six or seven feet at exposed spots, with fresh southerly winds increasing strong perhaps gale-force later

Saturday:
The swell becomes more solid from the west, up to ten feet or so at westerly exposures, with strong southwest winds quickly veering light to moderate northwest

Sunday:
Another pulse of swell from the west, exceeding ten feet at westerly exposures later, with lumpy conditions in strong westerly winds

Southwest Ireland

Friday:
Largish, mixed swell and windsea, around six to eight feet on average, with strong gusting gale-force southwest winds

Saturday:
The swell increases and becomes more lined up, exceeding ten feet at exposed spots, with strong southwest winds veering light to moderate northwest later

Sunday:
The swell picks up again, reaching 15 feet or more at exposed spots, with very ragged conditions in strong to gale-force west-southwest winds

Southwest France

Friday:
Good-quality beachbreak surf, up to six feet or so with light northeast winds in the morning backing moderate to fresh north in the afternoon

Saturday:
The swell continues, dropping to around four or five feet on average, with good conditions in light easterly winds

Sunday:
A long-period swell arrives from the west, combining with the existing swell, exceeding six feet later, with light northeast winds

North coast of Spain – east of Gijón

Friday:
Average-quality northwest swell, around six to eight feet, hampered by persistent moderate or fresh northerly winds, veering northeast later

Saturday:
The swell drops gradually, to around four or five feet by afternoon, with moderate easterly winds, decreasing later

Sunday:
A much more solid swell arrives from the west-northwest, up to eight feet or so at exposed reefs later, with light northeast winds

North coast of Spain – west of Gijón

Friday:
Average-quality northwest swell, up to six feet or so at exposed spots, with moderate to fresh east-northeast winds

Saturday:
The swell decreases to around four or five feet, mixing with a short-period northeast swell and light northwest winds

Sunday:
A more solid swell arrives from the west-northwest, up to six feet or so at westerly exposures, with moderate perhaps fresh southwest winds gradually veering west

Northwest Galicia

Friday:
Average quality northwest swell, around five feet or so, with fresh northeast winds

Saturday:
The northwest swell continues, perhaps becoming a bit more lined up, around four or five feet, dropping later, with moderate west then fresh southwest winds

Sunday:
A more solid swell arrives from the west, up to eight feet or so at exposed spots later, with fresh west-southwest winds

*Portugal – north of Lisbon *

Friday:
Average to poor quality swell from the northwest, around six feet or so with fresh north-northwest winds

Saturday:
The swell becomes more lined up, around five or six feet at northwest exposures, but still hampered by light to moderate northwest winds

Sunday:
A more solid west swell arrives, hitting six feet or so but much bigger at swell magnets such as Nazaré, with light then moderate westerly winds

*Portugal – south of Lisbon *

Friday:
Average or poor quality northwest swell, around three or four feet, with moderate gusting fresh northwest winds

Saturday:
The swell becomes more lined up, around four feet or so at northwest exposures, with light northwest winds increasing moderate perhaps fresh later

Sunday:
A longer-period west-northwest swell arrives, up to six feet or so at exposed reefs, with light northerly winds at first then moderate west-northwest later