Second Gigantic XXL Pulse to Rifle into Europe

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Updated 45d ago

  • A large low pressure system has just deepened explosively.
  • Slow moving swell but should generate good surf.
  • Spain and Portugal will be highlights.
  • Keep an eye on local winds.

    Another XXL pulse is due to slam into Europe over the next few days, setting off some of the more voluminous locales across the continent.

    You'll recall that a few of the more sheltered spots had been blessed with a huge pulse of swell towards the tail end of last week (see HERE) yet some of those exposed behemoths like Nazare et al, were too funky to surf, the wind too strong.

    The swell angle may need a bit more north in it for Nazare but the figures are stacking up. Keep an eye on the forecast HERE.

    The swell angle may need a bit more north in it for Nazare but the figures are stacking up. Keep an eye on the forecast HERE.

    But that may change over the next few days with this fresh pulse that's due to settle in from tomorrow. The forecast wind is much lighter so we could see a decent few days from those taller waves. Best to keep an eye on the local wind conditions by heading over to our charts pages, HERE.

    “A large, slow-moving low pressure in the North Atlantic will generate several days of good, long-period swell this week,” says MSW forecaster Tony Butt. “Cleanest conditions will be found in Spain and Portugal.

    Forecast Spain and Portugal.

    “A large low pressure system has just deepened explosively in the North Atlantic, after being spawned off Newfoundland on Monday. The system is presently situated mid-way between Greenland and Ireland, and is moving slowly northeast.

    This from Friday, in deepest Cornwall, as another XXL pulse shot across the North Atlantic.

    “It is expected to stall southwest of Iceland on Wednesday before weakening as it moves towards Scotland. An area of storm-force westerly winds on its southern flank is generating a large swell for west and northwest exposures.

    Forecast France

    “The bulk of the swell will reach Ireland, arriving overnight Tuesday, filling in during Wednesday and continuing through Thursday. Wave heights will be well over 20 feet at west-facing spots, with periods around 15 to 17 secs, accompanied by strong southwest winds.

    Forecast Scotland

    “Further south into Biscay, a pulse of long-period swell will arrive on Wednesday and persist into Thursday and Friday, with wave heights hitting ten feet or so and light to moderate south or southwest winds.

    "In Portugal, the swell will arrive on Wednesday, peak on Thursday and decrease through Friday; with wave heights hitting 15 feet at swell-magnets such as Nazare. Expect mostly light winds but moderate northerlies picking up from time to time.

    “Slow-moving systems like this don’t tend to produce such a massive pulse of swell as one that travels faster and follows its own swell (dynamic fetch). However, slow-moving systems can result in a longer-lasting swell at the coastline. In fact, with a bit of luck, this swell will persist right through until the next one arrives around the weekend.”

    Forecast Ireland

    The forecast swell signature for tomorrow. Best to keep an eye on all localised forecasts, which you can do so by going to our North Atlantic chart page, HERE.

    The forecast swell signature for tomorrow. Best to keep an eye on all localised forecasts, which you can do so by going to our North Atlantic chart page, HERE.