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Back Strands ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.2

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Back Strands Surf Forecast / Sligo / Ireland

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 12 pm Sunday 11 Apr 2021 IST
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Back Strands surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Back Strands sea temperature is 8.9 °C (Statistics for 11 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 9.5 max: 10.7 min: 8.4 °C)
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Back Strands surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Back Strands sea temperature is 8.9 °C (Statistics for 11 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 9.5 max: 10.7 min: 8.4 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update The wind is still cross-on at Back Strands (moderate winds from the W at Finner 17 km from Back Strands).

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17 km away, 38 min ago

Moderate
22 km/h
W
6.0
8.9
Air / Water (°C)
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Back Strands this week:

The surf forecast for Back Strands over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Tuesday (Apr 13) at 1AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.9m and 10s period with a secondary swell of 0.1m and 13s. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Back Strands in the next 12 days are 0.9m 13s and forecast to arrive on Sunday (Apr 18) at 7PM. Winds are predicted to be glassy at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.6m 4s period and expected on Saturday (Apr 17) at 10AM.

Wave TypeTime (IST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 1AM (Tue 13th Apr)3ft (0.9m) 10s
Best Surf 7PM (Sat 17th Apr)2.5ft (0.8m) 12s
Most Powerful 7PM (Sun 18th Apr)3ft (0.9m) 13s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Back Strands over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Sunday
11
Monday
12
Tuesday
13
Wednesday
14
Thursday
15
Friday
16
Saturday
17
Sunday
18
Monday
19
Tuesday
20
Wednesday
21
Thursday
22
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
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T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.30.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.54.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.78.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.102.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.126.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.150.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.174.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.198.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.222.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.246.cc23
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0.6
NW
0.6
NW
0.6
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.7
WNW
0.5
WNW
0.4
WNW
0.2
WNW
0.1
W
0.1
W
0.1
W
0.3
W
0.6
W
0.7
W
0.6
W
0.7
W
0.7
W
0.8
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.7
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.7
W
1.1
W
1.2
W
1.1
W
0.9
W
0.7
W
8767710109888713121191010111211121213121211111010101010111211
464125625616014892593622533215709486137112178220235213203148167926596223296295213114
15
NNW
10
W
5
WSW
15
WNW
20
WNW
15
WSW
10
SW
15
WNW
10
E
10
ESE
5
NW
10
SE
15
SE
10
SSE
20
SE
15
SSE
15
S
15
SE
15
SSE
10
SW
10
SE
10
ESE
5
NW
10
SE
5
SSE
5
WNW
15
WSW
10
NE
10
N
15
E
20
E
15
ESE
20
E
20
ESE
20
E
15
E
oncross-
on
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
crossoncross-
off
cross-
off
onoffoffcross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcrossoffoffonoffcross-
off
glasscrosscrosscross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
6:40PM
3.28
6:48AM
3.54
7:08PM
3.35
7:18AM
3.50
7:37PM
3.37
7:48AM
3.40
8:05PM
3.32
8:18AM
3.23
8:35PM
3.23
8:48AM
3.03
9:06PM
3.08
9:20AM
2.80
9:42PM
2.89
9:57AM
2.57
10:25PM
2.70
10:46AM
2.36
11:28PM
2.54
12:05PM
2.21
12:58AM
2.50
1:51PM
2.23
2:24AM
2.65
3:11PM
2.44
3:26AM
2.93
12:34PM
0.18
12:39AM
0.32
1:02PM
0.15
1:10AM
0.28
1:29PM
0.19
1:41AM
0.31
1:57PM
0.28
2:12AM
0.39
2:25PM
0.42
2:44AM
0.54
2:54PM
0.60
3:18AM
0.73
3:25PM
0.79
3:56AM
0.95
4:02PM
0.99
4:46AM
1.16
4:54PM
1.18
6:01AM
1.31
6:14PM
1.30
7:42AM
1.27
7:51PM
1.27
9:02AM
1.04
9:06PM
1.07

Note: the tide data above is calculated at the surf break location.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Back Strands blow from the SE

Sunday
11
Monday
12
Tuesday
13
Wednesday
14
Thursday
15
Friday
16
Saturday
17
Sunday
18
Monday
19
Tuesday
20
Wednesday
21
Thursday
22
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
some cloudslight rainlight rainlight rainlight rainsome cloudsclearclearsome cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearcloudysome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearcloudycloudycloudysome cloudssome cloudscloudycloudylight rainsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclear
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63688889810111111139101299121010121010118101311111399117
52378679771177117712551277126710881388122494
223556677101010101268107711910128911691299117684
6:41--6:39--6:37--6:35--6:31--6:30--6:28--6:24--6:22--6:20--6:18--6:16--
-8:28--8:30--8:31--8:34--8:36--8:37--8:39--8:42--8:44--8:45--8:46--8:49-

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 9mm), mostly falling on Sun afternoon. Mild temperatures (max 9°C on Tue afternoon, min 2°C on Sun afternoon). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 13°C on Thu afternoon, min 5°C on Fri night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Mon night. Very mild (max 12°C on Sat afternoon, min 5°C on Sat morning). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 13°C on Tue afternoon, min 2°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Back Strands Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Back Strands provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Back Strands can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Back Strands surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Back Strands) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Back Strands may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Are you planning a holiday in Sligo? If you are looking for accommodation near Back Strands, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Sligo, consider staying in Sligo which is 19 km (12 miles) away. Other places in and around Sligo where you can find information about places to rent, and car hire include Killybegs which is 21 km (13 miles) away, Enniskillen, Ballina and Letterkenny.

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.