Channel Islands Shipping Forecast

For the area bounded by latitude 50N, the French coast between Cap de la Hague and Ile de Brehat and longitude 3W.

Issued by the Jersey Meteorological Department at 10am Thursday, 24 April 2014 for the period ending 1pm Saturday.

General Situation

At 7am, a southerly flow covered the area. Occluded front over eastern Britain and France expected to move west over northern France this evening to affect the Channel tonight.

Forecast from 1pm Thursday until 1pm Friday

Wind:Mainly easterly 1 to 3, backing northeast to north during the afternoon and increasing 3 to 4, further backing north to northwest by morning, perhaps locally 5, backing west by midday.
Sea state:Smooth or slight, locally moderate later.
Weather:Rain at times overnight and Friday morning.
Visibility:Good, locally moderate to poor in rain.
Swell:3 to 7 feet decreasing 2 to 5 feet later.

Outlook from 1pm Friday until 1pm Saturday

Wind:West 2 to 4, backing southerly by evening and increasing 4 to 5, perhaps 6 for a time around midnight, veering south to southwest in the morning.
Sea state:Slight, locally moderate becoming moderate, locally rather rough overnight, with swell.
Weather:Rain in the east at first clearing. Further rain spreading in from the east overnight, clearing Saturday morning.
Visibility:Moderate to good, locally moderate to poor in rain.

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