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Birsay Bay Surf Forecast / Scot – Orkney / UK

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 6 am Saturday 28 May 2022 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 9.6 °C (Statistics for 28 May 1981-2005 - mean: 9.7 max: 10.8 min: 8.8 °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 9.6 °C (Statistics for 28 May 1981-2005 - mean: 9.7 max: 10.8 min: 8.8 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Onshore wind has changed to cross-on at Birsay Bay (moderate winds from the N at Stromness 24 km from Birsay Bay).

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24 km away, 43 min ago

Moderate
24 km/h
N
9.0
9.6
Air / Water (°C)
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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 Monday (May 30) at 4PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 2.2m and 9s period with a secondary swell of 0.5m and 11s. 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 3.0m 8s and forecast to arrive on Saturday (Jun 04) at 1PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.6m 4s period and expected on Wednesday (Jun 01) at 4PM.

Wave TypeTime (BST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 4PM (Mon 30th May)7ft (2.2m) 9s
Best Surf10AM (Sat 4th Jun)10ft (3.0m) 8s
Most Powerful 1PM (Sat 4th Jun)10ft (3.0m) 8s

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
Saturday
28
Sunday
29
Monday
30
Tuesday
31
Wednesday
01
Thursday
02
Friday
03
Saturday
04
Sunday
05
Monday
06
Tuesday
07
Wednesday
08
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1.7
W
1.4
W
1.9
NNW
2.5
NNW
2.5
NNW
2.5
NNW
2.4
N
2.2
N
1.6
N
0.9
N
0.6
W
0.5
W
0.5
NNE
0.5
N
0.5
N
0.3
W
0.6
N
0.5
N
0.4
NNE
0.4
NNE
1
W
3
W
2.5
WNW
2.5
WNW
3
NW
3.5
NW
3.5
NNW
3.5
NNW
3
NNW
3.5
NNW
4
NNW
4
NNW
2.5
NNW
2
NNW
1.7
N
1.8
N
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35
NNW
35
NNW
35
NNW
40
NNW
40
NNW
35
NNW
40
N
10
N
20
S
15
SE
10
ESE
10
E
10
ENE
15
NE
15
NE
10
NNW
20
NW
15
NNW
10
NW
10
NW
20
S
15
SSE
25
SSW
20
SSE
20
SE
30
ESE
25
E
30
NE
40
NE
65
NE
35
E
25
E
30
E
45
ESE
40
ESE
35
E
cross-
on
cross-
on
ononononcross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crossonononononcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
crosscrosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
8:33PM
2.90
8:44AM
2.91
9:06PM
2.96
9:21AM
2.90
9:38PM
2.98
9:56AM
2.87
10:11PM
2.96
10:32AM
2.80
10:45PM
2.91
11:09AM
2.69
11:21PM
2.84
11:47AM
2.56
12:00AM
2.75
12:29PM
2.41
12:42AM
2.64
1:16PM
2.27
1:29AM
2.55
2:13PM
2.17
2:23AM
2.48
3:19PM
2.15
3:24AM
2.45
4:28PM
2.22
2:20PM
0.38
2:39AM
0.51
2:54PM
0.39
3:14AM
0.45
3:28PM
0.42
3:49AM
0.41
4:01PM
0.48
4:25AM
0.43
4:35PM
0.56
5:01AM
0.49
5:10PM
0.66
5:41AM
0.59
5:46PM
0.78
6:23AM
0.71
6:25PM
0.90
7:10AM
0.83
7:08PM
1.03
8:04AM
0.91
8:01PM
1.14
9:04AM
0.93
9:06PM
1.20
10:07AM
0.88
10:16PM
1.18

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

Saturday
28
Sunday
29
Monday
30
Tuesday
31
Wednesday
01
Thursday
02
Friday
03
Saturday
04
Sunday
05
Monday
06
Tuesday
07
Wednesday
08
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Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Sun night. Mild temperatures (max 9°C on Sun night, min 7°C on Sat afternoon). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the NNW on Sun morning, light winds from the N by Mon afternoon).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 10°C on Tue afternoon, min 9°C on Tue morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Moderate rain (total 15mm), heaviest on Sat night. Very mild (max 12°C on Sat morning, min 10°C on Fri morning). Winds increasing (calm on Fri afternoon, fresh winds from the SE by Sun morning).

Long Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 16mm), heaviest on Tue morning. Very mild (max 11°C on Mon night, min 9°C on Mon morning). Winds decreasing (gales from the NE on Mon night, moderate winds from the E by Tue afternoon).

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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.