Weekend Weather Forecast 20/8/10

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Weekend Weather Forecast 20/8/10

Postby weatherman » Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:05 pm

The next Sailing Weather School (Part 1) will be held on Saturday 30th October 2010. There are still a few places left on this one day course.
So, if you want to be able to make your own weather predictions and plan your trips more effectively, this is the course for you.
Fine out more at http://www.weatherschool.co.uk

Hi everyone,

Thanks for continuing to use the Sailing Weather Information Service, or SWIS (www.sailingweather.co.uk) . Forecasts are updated each day by 4.30pm and the aim is to provide sailors with a completely format of forecast, making it easy for you to plan your sailing days.

SWIS forecasts are currently issued daily for the Solent, the English Channel and the North West. However, even if you do not sail in these areas there are charts on the forecast, and the outlook covers sailing for the next week in all UK waters, so it is worth looking at the forecasts each day.

The service remains free of charge and I hope to find sponsors for it. So if you know of anyone who might like to places adverts with SWIS, please let me know, even if they are only a contact.

If your friends would like to receive this forecast by email each weekend, tell them to send an email to salingweaher-subscribe@weatherweb.net.

Best wishes,

Issued: 1400 Friday 20th August 2010

Low pressure is to the north of Scotland through today. This brings severe gale force winds over the northern half of Scotland on Saturday morning, easing in the afternoon. A waving front will be lying NE-SW from East Anglia to southwest England during today, edging slowly north and being most active in the west.
So plenty of cloud over the southern half of England and Wales on Saturday morning with the risk of a few spots of drizzle just about anywhere, but mainly on hills. More persistent rain may be moving into the far west of Cornwall and SW Wales, with low cloud and coastal fog here too. This area of rain edging northeast into most of central and southern Wales and the far southwest of England through the day. Visibility becoming poor at times in these areas.
Further east the day should be dry and bright with some sunny spells developing and better visibility here.
Most of northern England and Scotland as well as Northern Ireland will be dry with some sunny spells. Strong winds and heavy showers affecting the north and west of Scotland throughout the day, although visibility away from the showers will be good.
Winds will be WSW-SW 35-45kt ( F8 -F9) for northern Scotland at first, but easing in the afteroon. Mainly SW 14-18kt (F5) for southern parts of the country.


The frontal system is still reluctant to clear from southeast England today. It could be that the far southeast stays in cloud and some spots of rain or drizzle until the early afternoon. Visibility reduced to moderate or poor here at times as a result.
Elsewhere a fresher westerly air stream becomes established. This improves visibility and brings more broken cloud with mainly dry weather and some sunny spells. There will be some showers around with most of these on western coasts and hills, especially across north and west Scotland. For most though the day is going to be dry and fair.
Winds mainly W-WSW 12-15kt (F4), although W 7-10kt (F2-F3) for western Scotland.


Simon Keeling, PhD MSc, FRMetS
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