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Champagne sailing Tuesday?!

12 August 2019 Weather


Issued at 1700 Monday 12thAugust 2019

A weak ridge of high pressure will attempt to build from the south west tonight & tomorrow. An increasing trend expected tomorrow afternoon as the south westerly gradient increases ahead of the next Atlantic low. The next low is due tomorrow and will send rain in the morning and a fresh south westerly wind. South westerly winds forecast to be blustery for the rest of the week.

Tuesday 13thAugust 2019

Westerly wind speeds will be fairly light at daybreak, 4 – 8 knots. The overall trend is an increasing one during Tuesday: slow at first as high pressure changes are gradual. More obvious and definite in the afternoon due to both the increase in gradient and some thermal enhancement once winds have backed towards the south west. A few showers may still plague the race areas providing their own local variations (not expected to be as large as Monday’s variable direction and speed!). Once they have increased, average wind speeds are unlikely to decrease.

1000-1200 8 – 12/14 knots W (270 – 260)
1200-1400 10 – 15 knots W – WSW (270 – 250)
1400-1600 10 – 15 knots max 14 – 18 W – SW (270 – 245)
1600-1800 14 – 20 knots WSW – SW (260 – 245)


Blustery conditions for the latter half of Cowes Week expected as low pressure continues to dominate. The next low will send a front across the country on Wednesday morning with an increasing south westerly gradient which will veer north westerly for a time on Thursday morning before settling back into the west to south west. Heavy rain on Wednesday morning clearing to sunshine & showers.

Wednesday SSE – SSW 15 – 25+ knots Morning rain clearing to showers
Thursday W – WSW 12 – 20 knots Sunshine & scattered showers
Friday SW 20 – 30+ knots Next band of frontal systems, rain & wind
Saturday Variable / SW 5 – 15 knots Sunshine & scattered showers


Forecast updated on the Cowes Week app & at 00:15 past the hour on Cowes Radio 87.7fm.

Issued by Cowes Week Meteorologist Fiona Campbell at 17:00 12/08/2019