Weekend Surf Forecast - March 10th to March 12th

Report Date: Friday 10 March 2017

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Summary

Consistent, average-quality swell at west and northwest exposures

Best bet

Galicia

Synopsis at 00:00 UTC

Today’s chart shows a moderate strength low pressure mid-way between Ireland and Cape Farewell, drifting north with a developing peripheral system on its southern flank. A westerly fetch strengthens over the next few days, generating a pulse of swell for west and northwest facing spots. To the south there is an anticyclone west of the Azores, moving over the Azores and intensifying. The upper airstream is moderate, with a weak ridge over the eastern North Atlantic. Local pressure gradients are weak, becoming moderate.
NAO index (large positive values usually mean potentially good surf): +5 mb

Area forecasts

Southwest Wales

Friday:
Average quality swell, around four feet or so at exposed spots, mixed with local windseas generated by fresh gusting strong southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell continues, around four feet or so, mixed with a residual southerly bump, and light westerly winds, perhaps moderate later

Sunday:
Wave heights steadily pick up to five or six feet at exposed spots, and winds increase to fresh west then west-northwest

North Devon and Cornwall

Friday:
Average-quality swell, around four or five feet at exposed spots in the west, with fresh southerly winds, gusting strong at exposed spots later

Saturday:
The swell weakens slightly but stays at four or five feet, with light winds at first quickly picking up to moderate west-northwest

Sunday:
Wave heights pick up during the day to a lumpy six feet or so, and winds pick up to fresh northwest, gusting strong later

South Coast of England

Friday:
Small, long-period swell, up to two or three feet at westerly exposures, with light to moderate southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell weakens, struggling to exceed three feet in most places, with light winds from a southerly quarter

Sunday:
The swell continues, around two feet or so, perhaps bigger later in the afternoon, with fresh northwest winds

East coast of England

Friday:
Small, average quality north swell, perhaps reaching three feet at northerly exposures, with moderate gusting fresh southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell drops to almost nothing in most places, and winds are light southerlies

Sunday:
Very small or flat in most places, with light westerly winds

North Coast of Scotland

Friday:
Small west swell, up to about three feet at swell magnets but struggling to reach most spots, with fresh south-southeast winds

Saturday:
The swell drops to below three feet in most places, and winds change to moderate westerlies, becoming light southerlies in the afternoon

Sunday:
Continuing small, struggling to exceed three feet at most spots, with moderate southerly winds at first quickly becoming fresh westerlies

Northwest Ireland

Friday:
Average-quality west-southwest swell, up to about four feet at westerlies exposures, much smaller elsewhere, with fresh gusting strong southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell continues, increasing to five feet or so at westerly exposures but still struggling to reach other spots, with moderate then fresh southerly winds

Sunday:
Wave heights pick up steadily from the west, exceeding eight feet at westerly exposures later, with fresh gusting strong west-northwest winds

Southwest Ireland

Friday:
Average quality west-southwest swell, around six feet or so and lumpy, with fresh gusting strong perhaps gale-force southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell increases slightly and continues quite lumpy, around six or seven feet with moderate increasing strong perhaps gale-force southerly winds

Sunday:
Wave heights increase big-time, hitting 15 feet at exposed reefs, but with stormy conditions in strong west-northwest winds

Southwest France Friday:
Good-quality beachbreak surf, around four or five feet with light easterly winds

Saturday:
The swell drops slightly and is mixed with windseas generated by fresh to strong westerly winds, creating very poor surfing conditions

Sunday:
Wave heights pick up to a very lumpy six feet or more, and winds are fresh to strong west, veering northwest later

North coast of Spain – east of Gijón

Friday:
Small, good quality beachbreak surf, around three or four feet, with light easterly winds, perhaps moderate northeast later

Saturday:
The swell weakens and becomes choppy as winds pick up to fresh west-northwest; wave heights around three feet or so

Sunday:
Wave heights pick up to a very lumpy six feet or more by afternoon, and winds pick up to strong north-westerlies

North coast of Spain – west of Gijón

Friday:
Small, good-quality beachbreak surf, around three or four feet at exposed spots, with light variable winds

Saturday:
The swell continues, around three feet or so and becoming more mixed, with winds picking up to moderate north-westerlies

Sunday:
Winds pick up to fresh perhaps strong north-westerlies, and wave heights pick up to a very lumpy six feet or more by afternoon

Northwest Galicia

Friday:
Average-quality swell, around four feet or so at exposed spots, with moderate to fresh southerly winds

Saturday:
The swell continues, perhaps five feet at the most exposed spots, with moderate northerly winds

Sunday:
Wave heights gradually pick up during the day, exceeding eight feet by late afternoon, but lumpy, with fresh north-northwest winds

Portugal – north of Lisbon

Friday:
Small but good quality beachbreak surf, around three or four feet on average, with light variable winds

Saturday:
The swell continues, around three or four feet, becoming mixed and lumpy, with moderate northwest winds

Sunday:
Winds pick up to fresh north-westerlies, and wave heights pick up to a very lumpy six feet or more

Portugal – south of Lisbon

Friday:
Average-quality swell, around four or five feet from the west, with lumpy conditions in many places in fresh south-southwest winds

Saturday:
The swell continues, perhaps becoming a bit more solid, around four or five feet with moderate northerly winds

Sunday:
Wave heights increase steadily, exceeding six feet by the end of the afternoon, with lumpy conditions and fresh north-northwest winds