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4th August 2014, 11:26 AM #1
UK windsurfing weather from August 4th
It's going to be a strange week for weather this week – there's quite a bit of rain about and some temporary bits of wind too. The weather is no longer in a settled summer pattern and it's worth taking a look at these charts, if only to see why we can expect some forecast change over the week due to the fragmented lows shown.
Those Met Office charts show endless fronts tracking in from the Southwest meaning showers for much of the week but there's also a nice little low for Wednesday – meaning some wind if you can catch that right.
You might also want to check out the GFS charts which go further ahead on this link. http://www.wetterzentrale.de/pics/avnpanel1.html
Right now, that link shows the real low we've all been waiting for, moving in next Sunday onwards and currently showing the possibility of proper wave board weather for Monday/Tuesday next week.
Sunglasses on please. This time last week the forecasters were saying we'd have high pressure moving back overhead next week. So there is no real certainty about this.
Best, at this stage to stick to the short term weather forecast in this thread.
There's not much wind for Monday(today) but a minor 'sea breeze' may set up across the southeast this afternoon. The gradient wind is in the right direction but other factors are not really in place for much wind increase today. So you'll be on big kit or maybe a kite. That said, a few white horses are appearing as I write this.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) looks even less windy for most parts, with the wind direction backing more southerly. That could work however for big kit sailing at say Weymouth or Hayling. The better Tuesday wind however is up in the far northwest or across Scotland – and the direction there will probably be SE.
Then we will have to keep checking Wednesday's forecast – rain may muck things up first thing, but somewhere should get a windy day or afternoon. With the small low expected, it's difficult to pinpoint a good launch spot or session time, at this stage.
Use this thread for UK weather updates and sailing plans in the usual way.Main boards: Flare 101, NuEvo 86, UltraKode 80, Reactor 82, NuEvo 73. Powered by Severne Blades and S1s.
4th August 2014, 12:21 PM #2
It's worth reading the met office monthly weather update today – note the mention of ex tropical storm Bertha, that may be heading our way.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2635167Main boards: Flare 101, NuEvo 86, UltraKode 80, Reactor 82, NuEvo 73. Powered by Severne Blades and S1s.
4th August 2014, 12:35 PM #3
Well I can sails sole of this week and next, so lets hope the wind plays ball.2016 Sessions: Speed/Slalom 17, B&J/Wave 23, SUP/WindSUP 03
2015 Sessions: Speed/Slalom 20, B&J/Wave 10, SUP/WindSUP 07
2014 Sessions: Speed/Slalom 19, B&J/Wave 10, SUP/WindSUP 12
4th August 2014, 01:23 PM #4
The NorthEast and Scotland seem to be doing best for wind today – but in the Southeast, Camber is doing OK again, with 20mph+ there now.
(More like 16mph where I am, in Brighton today)Main boards: Flare 101, NuEvo 86, UltraKode 80, Reactor 82, NuEvo 73. Powered by Severne Blades and S1s.
4th August 2014, 04:04 PM #5
The wind has come up with the tide here and has been gusting to 20mph.
The Shoreham site is currently logging 20knots as I type this. – So we are on for an after work sail for those with big kit.
No worries about the shore break with the sea so flat today, so it probably doesn't matter which beach you launch from.
4th August 2014, 06:03 PM #6
Looking ahead again, and I don't normally do this, but it's worth saying that Sunday/Monday still look great – even that's still a week away.
Check your local forecast for updates, based on those epic charts – epic for August anyway:
4th August 2014, 11:30 PM #7