The Holiday season are right around the corner – this year though, things are looking extra special with a decent run of swell set for Western Europe over the next few days, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and beyond.
Oh sure, some spots will be marred by onshore wind. But those with access to sheltered spots could be in for a couple of Christmas crackers. Keep an eye on your local forecast as this swell plays out.
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“The North Atlantic is still in a very ‘fluid’ pattern,” explains MSW forecaster Tony Butt. “The swell from an Atlantic low pressure system, struggles to reach northern Scotland, but the small northerly swell persists from Thursday through till Saturday, with waves heights around three feet at exposed spots and moderate winds from an easterly quarter." We'll let Tony take it away...
The swell from that Atlantic low struggles to reach north-facing spots, but the small northerly swell persists from Thursday through till Saturday, with waves heights around three feet at exposed spots and moderate winds from an easterly quarter. On Monday the swell remains small, but could increase from the north on Tuesday.
The long-period swell from that low picks up to around five or six feet at westerly exposures on Thursday, steadily dropping through Friday and Saturday and becoming very small by Sunday. On Monday another pulse of swell arrives from the west-southwest, peaking late Monday and gradually decreasing through Tuesday. Winds are from an easterly quarter, becoming fresh to strong on Saturday, turning south and becoming light after the weekend.
Wave heights are bigger, exceeding ten feet at west and southwest exposures late on Thursday, dropping a notch on Friday and then continuing to drop to four feet or below by the end of the weekend. On Monday another pulse arrives, peaking late Monday and decreasing through Tuesday, with average-quality conditions. Winds are east or southeast, becoming strong for a while on Saturday, then decreasing and turning southwest or west.
The swell arrives late Thursday and continues through Friday before gradually dropping over the weekend, although expect good-quality surfable waves throughout. Wave heights reach six feet or more at exposed spots early Friday, drop steadily but then pick up again during Sunday and continue around the five foot mark through till Tuesday. Winds are south backing southeast, moderate to fresh, perhaps strong on Saturday, then turn westerly and pick up during Monday and Tuesday.
The swell hits big-time on Friday, with wave heights around ten feet or more and periods of 18 secs at first. It continues through Saturday and loses some power and size on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday another pulse of swell arrives, but is hampered by poor conditions. Winds are from the south at first, becoming fresh from time to time over the weekend, then turning west and picking up to strong or gale-force later.
The swell hits west-facing spots much better than north or northwest-facing ones, with wave heights up to eight feet or so at westerly exposures on the north coast on Friday, gradually dropping over the weekend. Around the west of Galicia, the swell is much larger and arrives earlier, hitting 15 feet at exposed spots overnight Thursday-Friday. After the weekend, more swell arrives from the west, but of average quality as that system passes close by. Winds are mostly from the south, moderate to fresh, gusting strong in places, with the possibility of strong westerlies for a time on Monday in Biscay.
The swell arrives Thursday afternoon, with relatively good conditions and wave heights picking up to eight feet or more at exposed spots. This continues through Friday and Saturday and drops a notch on Sunday, before another pulse of swell hits on Monday and Tuesday, accompanied by lumpy conditions. Winds are south at first, becoming west or southwest from Saturday onwards.
The swell arrives big-time on Friday, with wave heights well over ten feet at exposed spots in the north, continuing through Saturday then tapering off over Sunday and Monday. Late Monday and into Tuesday, another pulse of swell is expected to arrive. Winds are mostly from the southwest, strongest on Saturday, decreasing after the weekend. Wind conditions will be better in southern areas.