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VDLR Weatherwatch - Thursday AM

9th July 2009

ImageWith just over six hours until first gun, the weather looks favourable for day one of Ireland's biggest sailing event in Dun Laoghaire. The Dun Laoghaire harbour weather station is showing nine knots in the harbour, with gusts of up to 15.7 knots from the NNW, and that's the way it should stay for most of today.

A quick glance at Windguru shows a similar result, with between nine and ten knots forecast for most of the day, from a steady NNW direction. The same site shows the wind beginning to veer late this evening, before turning changeable and light on Friday as a new low pressure system moves in from the west and the wind direction establishes itself.

Friday sees Ireland between two systems so chances are that conditions will be unpredictable.

After that, Saturday and Sunday looks like strengthening southerlies, with the breeze gradually clocking right throughout the weekend and building to a forecasted max of 20 knots on Sunday as the low tightens and sweeps across the country.

The low pressure system will bring rain and unsettled conditions with it.

The pic below is the pressure chart for 4pm today, 35 mins after the first gun in Dublin Bay. For a full animation of the pressure in the north Atlantic over the next 84 hours, click here.

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