Weekend Weather Forecast 13/1/11

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Weekend Weather Forecast 13/1/11

Postby weatherman » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:12 pm

Hello again,

If you are going to the Boat Show this weekend I will be in the Knowledge Box with a short talk entitled “Weather Charts – Back to Basics” .This happens at 1pm on Saturday and 3.20pm on Sunday. If you are coming along, do drop by and say “hello”, I’d hate to be talking to myself 

The Sailing Weather Information Service (http://www.sailingweather.co.uk) is growing and I am delighted to announce that MDL Marinas are now taking the forecasts. There will also be a major announcement at the show about a new service which I hope you will find most useful. Thanks for your continued support for SWIS and please do spread the word.

I still have a couple of places left on Sailing Weather School (Part 2) to be held on 29th January here in Wombourne. Full details can be found at http://www.weatherschool.co.uk and you can book your place online there too.

Onto the weekend forecast, and if you know anyone who’d like to receive this email each week just tell them to send a request to join to

Have a good weekend,

Issued: 1500 Thursday 13th January 2011

A moist southwest flow is going to be through the whole of the British Isles and Ireland on Saturday. Windy for all too with extensive gales, especially in the west with gusts in excess of 60kts in places. A front is going to be trailing NE-SW through northern England and Ireland, waves running along it producing pulses of heavier rain through the day.
Heavy rain will be lying along the front through Ireland, Wales, northwest England and southwest Scotland throughout the day on Saturday. Lots of low cloud and mist on western facing coasts and hills too.
More eastern areas of Scotland and England are likely to be drier, as well be the Midlands and southern England. Visibility will be good in the dry areas, but moderate or poor where rain falls.
Winds mainly SW 28-35kt (F7-F8 ) but to 45kt (F10) at times on western coasts. Nearer SW F6 in eastern parts of the Channel and southeast England.


On Sunday the front finally starts to clear to the east, the cold front probably leaving southeast England by mid-afternoon on Sunday.
Winds ahead of the cold front may well reach gale force, but they should ease behind it. The front will also have some heavy bursts of rain associated with it as it crosses Wales and England, although a tendency for this to fade as it progresses eastwards.
Following to the north and west will be drier conditions. The cloud should be breaking too with some sunny spells coming through. Showers are likely on western coasts and hills. More eastern areas of Scotland and northeast England as well as the Midlands should be dry for Sunday afternoon with the winds decreasing here. Moderate or poor visibility close to the front in the rain, becoming good behind it.
Generally winds will be SW F6-F7 (25-30kt) and gusting gale forcer ahead of the front, becoming SW 20-25kt (F6) behind it, although still to 30kt (F7) on western coasts until late afternoon.


Simon Keeling, PhD MSc, FRMetS
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