As thoughts turn towards weekend boating fixtures, it looks like winds – or the lack of them – will be the deciding factor for sailing events. On Dublin Bay forecasters are holding out the prospect of afternoon sea breezes for the weekend's National Cruiser Racer Championships as gradient winds remain light and variable. This morning the meteorological situation is that a light to moderate and moist southwesterly airflow covers the country as high pressure continues to build from the southeast. Met Eireann are giving the following Sea Area forecast.
Forecast for coasts from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Bloody Foreland
Wind: South to southwest force 3 or 4. Decreasing variable mainly southerly force 2 to 4 this evening or early tonight, strongest for southwest coasts.
Forecast for coasts from Bloody Foreland to Carnsore Point to Mizen Head and the Irish Sea
Wind: South to southwest or variable force 2 to 4, strongest along the east coast and on the Irish Sea. Decreasing variable force 3 or less early tonight.
Weather for all sea areas: Patches of mist, drizzle and fog. Becoming mainly fair later today.
Visibility for all sea areas: Moderate or poor at times, improving mostly good.
Outlook for a further 24 hours until 0600 Saturday 22 May 2010: Light to moderate southerly or variable winds. Fair, apart from drizzle, mist and fog patches.