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West Sandwick Beach

Wednesday 29 March

Low High Low
05:07 11:35 17:32
0.2 m 2.5 m 0.1 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Overcast ENE 21
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Thursday 30 March

High Low High Low
00:05 05:47 12:16 18:13
2.4 m 0.2 m 2.5 m 0.1 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Cloudy W 10
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Friday 31 March

High Low High Low
00:46 06:31 13:01 18:58
2.3 m 0.2 m 2.4 m 0.2 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Heavy rain SSE 15
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Saturday 1 April

High Low High Low
01:30 07:17 13:51 19:44
2.2 m 0.3 m 2.3 m 0.4 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Cloudy WSW 14
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Sunday 2 April

High Low High Low
02:19 08:09 14:49 20:36
2.1 m 0.4 m 2.1 m 0.6 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Cloudy W 14
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Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

This Evening and Tonight:

A dry, bright start to the evening then cloud thickening to bring outbreaks of rain to Orkney around dusk and on to Shetland towards midnight. Drier by morning, winds easing. Minimum Temperature 3 °C.

Thursday:

A cloudy start with some patchy rain but gradually brightening up, with some sunny intervals developing by afternoon. Noticeably milder, with lighter winds. Maximum Temperature 12 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday mainly dry bright and mild, some rain possible later. Saturday cloudy with some rain at times, then Sunday mainly dry and bright.

Updated at: 1556 on Wed 29 Mar 2017


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What are tides?

Tides refer to the rise and fall of a body of water, most commonly seen in the oceans; caused by the interaction between the moon, sun and Earth.

As the positions of Earth, sun and moon change in relation to each other, the gravitational pull and centrifugal forces acting upon the oceans vary and it is these differences that cause fluctuation in the height of the sea which we see at the tides going out and in.

In the UK we mostly experience a semi-diurnal tide which means we experience two high tides and two low tides each day. These occur approximately every 12 hours and 25 minutes.