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Bay of Skaill surf Forecast / Scot – Orkney / UK

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 6 pm Monday 20 May 2024 BST
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Bay of Skaill surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Bay of Skaill sea temperature is 10.1°C (Statistics for 20 May 1981-2005 - mean: 9.1 °C max: 10.5 °C min: 8.2 °C)
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Bay of Skaill surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Bay of Skaill sea temperature is 10.1°C (Statistics for 20 May 1981-2005 - mean: 9.1 °C max: 10.5 °C min: 8.2 °C)


Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Bay of Skaill this week:

The surf forecast for Bay of Skaill over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 21) at 1AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.0m and 9s period with a secondary swell of 0.5m and 8s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Bay of Skaill in the next 12 days are 3.5m 9s and forecast to arrive on Thursday (May 23) at 1PM. Winds are predicted to be onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.8m 4s period and expected on Saturday (May 25) at 7PM.

Wave TypeTime (BST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 1AM (Tue 21st May)3.5ft (1.0m) 9s
Best Surf 4AM (Mon 27th May)5ft (1.5m) 12s
Most Powerful 1PM (Thu 23rd May)11ft (3.5m) 9s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Bay of Skaill over the next 12 days.

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Mon
20
Tuesday
21
Wednesday
22
Thursday
23
Friday
24
Saturday
25
Sunday
26
Monday
27
Tuesday
28
Wednesday
29
Thursday
30
Friday
31
Sat
01
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
Rating
(10 max)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.7
N
1
W
1
W
0.9
W
0.8
W
0.8
W
0.6
W
2.1
WNW
4
NNW
3.5
NW
3.5
NW
1.7
N
1.4
N
1
N
0.9
W
1.1
W
1
W
0.5
W
0.3
WSW
0.9
W
1.7
W
1.9
W
1.9
W
2
W
1.7
W
1.9
W
1.9
W
1.6
W
1.4
W
1
W
1
W
0.9
NNW
0.7
NNW
0.7
N
0.7
N
0.7
N
Period(s) (?)99999888899887111212121113111212111110101091010109999
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)7617516413097864348020751929158138624710718834431967222777261010104594164666873650233918418814690747974
Wind
(km/h)
25
SE
20
SE
25
SE
30
SE
30
SSE
15
ESE
10
NNE
40
NNW
55
NW
45
NW
35
NNW
20
N
15
N
5
SE
20
SE
20
SE
30
SE
40
SE
35
SE
15
SSE
20
WNW
25
NW
15
NW
10
S
25
SE
15
S
20
WNW
5
WNW
5
SSE
15
S
5
WNW
10
SSE
10
W
0
S
10
SE
10
SE
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
on
ononononononglassoffcross-
off
offoffoffoffcross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
offoffcross-
off
cross-
on
glassoffcross-
off
cross-
on
offcross-
on
glasscross-
off
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
7:56PM
2.68
7:59AM
2.76
8:28PM
2.80
8:36AM
2.83
8:59PM
2.88
9:11AM
2.87
9:31PM
2.94
9:47AM
2.88
10:04PM
2.95
10:23AM
2.84
10:39PM
2.94
11:03AM
2.75
11:19PM
2.89
11:48AM
2.63
12:04AM
2.82
12:42PM
2.49
12:56AM
2.75
1:47PM
2.36
1:58AM
2.68
3:03PM
2.31
3:08AM
2.66
4:17PM
2.35
4:17AM
2.69
Low Tide
/ height (m)
2:00AM
0.70
2:17PM
0.44
2:35AM
0.58
2:51PM
0.40
3:10AM
0.48
3:25PM
0.39
3:46AM
0.42
4:00PM
0.42
4:23AM
0.40
4:37PM
0.47
5:03AM
0.42
5:16PM
0.55
5:46AM
0.47
5:58PM
0.65
6:35AM
0.53
6:46PM
0.77
7:32AM
0.58
7:41PM
0.89
8:36AM
0.60
8:47PM
0.98
9:48AM
0.56
10:03PM
0.98
10:58AM
0.46
Mon
20
Tuesday
21
Wednesday
22
Thursday
23
Friday
24
Saturday
25
Sunday
26
Monday
27
Tuesday
28
Wednesday
29
Thursday
30
Friday
31
Sat
01
Sunrise--4:28--4:26--4:24--4:22--4:20--4:18--4:18--4:16--4:15--4:13--4:11--4:09
Sunset9:50--9:52--9:53--9:55--9:58--10:00--10:01--10:04--10:05--10:07--10:08--10:10--
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Rain (mm)
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Temp. °C111111121212121199989910141411111111101010131410101111101112131414
Feels °C (?)5567810106-2-113575910347756871168988810131112

Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 44mm), heaviest during Wed night. Very mild (max 12°C on Tue afternoon, min 8°C on Wed night). Winds increasing (light winds from the NE on Wed morning, gales from the NNW by Wed night).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 14°C on Sat afternoon, min 8°C on Thu night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the NW on Thu afternoon, calm by Fri night).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Sun night. Very mild (max 14°C on Tue night, min 9°C on Mon night). Mainly fresh winds.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 15°C on Sat afternoon, min 10°C on Wed afternoon). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Bay of Skaill Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Bay of Skaill provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Bay of Skaill can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Bay of Skaill 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 (Bay of Skaill) 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 Bay of Skaill 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 Orkney Islands? If you are looking for accommodation near Bay of Skaill, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Orkney Islands, consider staying in Kirkwall which is 23 km (14 miles) away. Other places in and around Orkney Islands where you can find information about places to rent, and car hire include Scrabster which is 50 km (31 miles) away and Wick, 71 km (44 miles) away.

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