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Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Birsay Bay Surf Forecast / Scot – Orkney / UK

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 6 pm Saturday 10 Apr 2021 BST
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Birsay Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Birsay Bay sea temperature is 7.0 °C (Statistics for 10 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 7.4 max: 8.4 min: 6.4 °C)
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Birsay Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Birsay Bay sea temperature is 7.0 °C (Statistics for 10 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 7.4 max: 8.4 min: 6.4 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Birsay Bay (light winds from the W at Wick Airport 77 km from Birsay Bay).

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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Birsay Bay this week:

The surf forecast for Birsay Bay over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Sunday (Apr 11) at 4AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 2.2m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 0.4m and 10s. Another secondary swell of 0.3m and 2s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Birsay Bay in the next 12 days are 2.2m 12s and forecast to arrive on Sunday (Apr 11) at 1AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.4m 3s period and expected on Thursday (Apr 15) at 10PM.

Wave TypeTime (BST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 4AM (Sun 11th Apr)7ft (2.2m) 12s
Best Surf10PM (Mon 12th Apr)4.5ft (1.4m) 12s
Most Powerful 1AM (Sun 11th Apr)7ft (2.2m) 12s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Birsay Bay 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
Sat
10
Sunday
11
Monday
12
Tuesday
13
Wednesday
14
Thursday
15
Friday
16
Saturday
17
Sunday
18
Monday
19
Tuesday
20
Wednesday
21
Thu
22
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
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T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.24.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.48.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.72.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.96.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.192.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.216.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.240.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.264.cc23
T unitedkingdom.htsgw.metric.288.cc23
2.5
N
2.2
N
1.7
N
1.5
N
0.9
N
1.6
N
1.5
N
1.3
N
1.1
N
1.1
N
1
N
0.8
N
0.6
N
0.5
N
0.4
NW
0.3
NNW
0.3
NNW
0.4
WNW
0.4
W
0.3
W
0.4
WNW
0.5
W
0.7
W
0.7
W
0.7
W
0.7
W
1.4
WNW
1.7
WNW
1.7
WNW
1.5
WNW
1.3
WNW
0.9
WNW
1.4
W
2.2
WNW
6.5
NNW
5.5
NNW
12121111121212121111111010108886610891212111214141413121111121212
1942139270149822978464646431129524013875451412111211182238148139127141800117210906994672215011355120178815
25
NNW
25
N
15
N
15
NNW
25
N
20
N
15
NNW
0
WNW
10
SSE
10
SSE
20
SE
5
SW
10
NNE
5
ENE
15
SE
25
SSE
25
SSE
20
SSE
20
SE
25
SE
25
SE
25
SE
25
SE
25
SSE
25
SE
30
SSE
20
SSE
20
SE
40
SSE
35
SSE
45
SSE
35
SSE
10
SSE
10
E
75
NNW
75
NW
oncross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
offcrosscross-
on
glassoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
offoffoffoffoffcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
offcross-
off
onon
9:07PM
2.95
9:11AM
3.15
9:36PM
3.02
9:42AM
3.18
10:05PM
3.05
10:13AM
3.15
10:33PM
3.04
10:44AM
3.07
11:01PM
2.97
11:15AM
2.93
11:31PM
2.86
11:48AM
2.75
12:02AM
2.71
12:23PM
2.55
12:37AM
2.54
1:03PM
2.34
1:22AM
2.37
1:59PM
2.15
2:28AM
2.24
3:27PM
2.05
3:59AM
2.22
5:06PM
2.12
5:22AM
2.36
3:05AM
0.44
3:27PM
0.16
3:36AM
0.36
3:56PM
0.15
4:06AM
0.33
4:25PM
0.21
4:37AM
0.34
4:54PM
0.32
5:08AM
0.41
5:23PM
0.47
5:40AM
0.53
5:54PM
0.66
6:14AM
0.70
6:27PM
0.85
6:54AM
0.88
7:07PM
1.04
7:46AM
1.06
8:04PM
1.21
9:05AM
1.17
9:31PM
1.29
10:43AM
1.11
11:06PM
1.23
11:57AM
0.89

Note: the tide data above is for Bay of Skaill which is 8 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Birsay Bay.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Birsay Bay blow from the SE

Sat
10
Sunday
11
Monday
12
Tuesday
13
Wednesday
14
Thursday
15
Friday
16
Saturday
17
Sunday
18
Monday
19
Tuesday
20
Wednesday
21
Thu
22
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
cloudy
partially cloudy
moderate rain
cloudy
some cloudslight rainrain shwrsclearrain shwrsclearclearsome cloudscloudylight rainrain shwrssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearcloudycloudyclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudssome cloudslight rainlight raincloudysome cloudsmod. raincloudy
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--6:09--6:07--6:03--6:01--5:58--5:56--5:52--5:50--5:47--5:43--5:41--5:39
8:16--8:19--8:22--8:23--8:25--8:29--8:30--8:32--8:36--8:37--8:40--8:43--

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 7mm), mostly falling on Sat night. Temperatures will be slightly above freezing (max 4°C on Sun afternoon, min 2°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Light rain (total 2mm), mostly falling on Tue afternoon. Mild temperatures (max 7°C on Tue night, min 3°C on Tue afternoon). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Mild temperatures (max 8°C on Sun night, min 5°C on Fri night). Mainly fresh winds.

Long Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 14mm), heaviest on Wed night. Mild temperatures (max 9°C on Mon afternoon, min 4°C on Wed night). Mainly severe gales.

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Information about the Birsay Bay Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Birsay Bay provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Birsay Bay can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Birsay Bay 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 (Birsay Bay) 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 Birsay Bay 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 Birsay Bay, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Orkney Islands, consider staying in Kirkwall which is 26 km (16 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 58 km (36 miles) away and Wick, 79 km (49 miles) away.

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.