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Fanad Head Reef Surf Forecast / Donegal / Ireland

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 6 pm Tuesday 18 May 2021 IST
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Fanad Head Reef surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Fanad Head Reef sea temperature is 10.8 °C (Statistics for 18 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.8 max: 12.0 min: 9.6 °C)
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Fanad Head Reef surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Fanad Head Reef sea temperature is 10.8 °C (Statistics for 18 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.8 max: 12.0 min: 9.6 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Fanad Head Reef (light winds from the E at Eglinton/Londonderry Airport 42 km from Fanad Head Reef).

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42 km away, 2 h 45 min ago

Light
9 km/h
E
11.0
10.8
Air / Water (°C)
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Fanad Head Reef this week:

The surf forecast for Fanad Head Reef over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Wednesday (May 19) at 1AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.8m and 8s period with a secondary swell of 0.6m and 9s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Fanad Head Reef in the next 12 days are 3.5m 13s and forecast to arrive on Monday (May 24) at 7AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-shore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.3m 4s period and expected on Thursday (May 20) at 4PM.

Wave TypeTime (IST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 1AM (Wed 19th May)2.5ft (0.8m) 8s
Best Surf 7AM (Mon 24th May)11ft (3.5m) 13s
Most Powerful 7AM (Mon 24th May)11ft (3.5m) 13s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Fanad Head Reef 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
Tue
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wednesday
26
Thursday
27
Friday
28
Saturday
29
Sun
30
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
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0.6
NNW
0.8
W
0.9
W
1.1
W
0.7
W
0.5
N
0.4
NNW
0.7
W
2.5
N
2.5
N
2.1
N
1.3
NNW
1
NNW
0.7
NNW
0.9
W
1.7
W
2.5
WNW
3
NW
2.1
WNW
1.4
WNW
1.2
WNW
1.1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.7
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.7
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.6
W
0.8
WNW
0.7
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.6
NW
1
NW
988888816998666891213121110101010991012121112111091211
61829414454332125410171121551125773511347621242845112142726321816396686896263176852081217266124242
15
WNW
15
S
20
WSW
20
W
10
SSE
35
ESE
50
ESE
45
NE
45
NNE
45
N
35
NNW
25
NNW
25
W
20
S
20
SSW
45
WSW
50
WSW
25
W
30
NW
30
NNW
25
NNW
25
NNW
25
NNW
20
N
15
N
5
N
10
N
10
N
5
SE
5
SSE
10
NNW
10
WSW
15
W
20
WNW
20
NNW
20
NNW
cross-
on
cross-
off
crosscrossoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
ononcross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
on
onononononcross-
on
ononononglassglassoncrosscross-
on
cross-
on
onon
11:33PM
2.51
12:04PM
2.23
12:48AM
2.50
1:29PM
2.25
2:03AM
2.62
2:46PM
2.40
3:08AM
2.83
3:47PM
2.64
4:03AM
3.08
4:38PM
2.91
4:53AM
3.32
5:24PM
3.17
5:41AM
3.50
6:09PM
3.38
6:28AM
3.58
6:53PM
3.51
7:15AM
3.56
7:38PM
3.56
8:02AM
3.43
8:25PM
3.52
8:51AM
3.22
9:14PM
3.39
9:43AM
2.96
5:03PM
1.00
6:00AM
1.11
6:13PM
1.08
7:22AM
1.08
7:34PM
1.06
8:37AM
0.90
8:46PM
0.91
9:37AM
0.64
9:46PM
0.69
10:27AM
0.36
10:39PM
0.44
11:14AM
0.13
11:28PM
0.20
11:58AM
-0.04
12:16AM
0.02
12:42PM
-0.11
1:03AM
-0.08
1:26PM
-0.08
1:52AM
-0.08
2:11PM
0.03
2:42AM
0.04
2:57PM
0.21
3:35AM
0.23

Note: the tide data above is for Ballyhiernan Bay which is 5 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Fanad Head Reef.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Fanad Head Reef blow from the SSE

Tue
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wednesday
26
Thursday
27
Friday
28
Saturday
29
Sun
30
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
clear
cloudy
rain showers
cloudy
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
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9:37--9:39--9:40--9:43--9:45--9:45--9:47--9:49--9:51--9:52--9:53--9:54--

Short Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 18mm), heaviest on Thu morning. Very mild (max 11°C on Wed morning, min 7°C on Tue night). Winds increasing (light winds from the SSW on Tue night, near gales from the ESE by Thu morning).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 20mm), heaviest during Sun morning. Very mild (max 10°C on Sun morning, min 6°C on Sat night). Winds increasing (moderate winds from the S on Sat night, strong winds from the WSW by Sun night).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Mon afternoon. Very mild (max 10°C on Mon afternoon, min 7°C on Wed morning). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the NNW on Mon afternoon, light winds from the NNW by Wed night).

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 12°C on Fri morning, min 9°C on Thu afternoon). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Fanad Head Reef Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Fanad Head Reef provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Fanad Head Reef can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Fanad Head Reef 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 (Fanad Head Reef) 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 Fanad Head Reef 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.

Fanad Head Reef is 22 km (14 miles) from the city of Malin Head. If you plan a holiday in Donegal, look for hotels and other accommodation in Malin Head. Malin Head has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.