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West Sandwick Beach

Wednesday 7 December

High Low High Low
03:04 08:38 15:08 21:26
1.9 m 1.0 m 2.1 m 0.8 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Heavy rain SW 17
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Thursday 8 December

High Low High Low
04:12 09:53 16:20 22:37
1.9 m 1.0 m 2.1 m 0.7 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Cloudy WSW 22
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Friday 9 December

High Low High Low
05:20 11:06 17:31 23:40
2.0 m 0.9 m 2.1 m 0.6 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Cloudy S 13
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Saturday 10 December

High Low High
06:23 12:08 18:35
2.1 m 0.8 m 2.2 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Light rain WSW 30
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Sunday 11 December

Low High Low High
00:36 07:18 13:03 19:32
0.6 m 2.3 m 0.7 m 2.4 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Cloudy NW 20
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Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

Today:

Mostly cloudy through today with rain at times, although drier weather extending from the southwest later this afternoon. Fresh occasionally strong southwesterly winds. Quite mild. Maximum Temperature 12 °C.

Tonight:

Showers soon spreading from the west. Becoming very windy this evening with west or southwesterly gale or severe gales, perhaps storm force across Shetland for a time. Winds easing later. Minimum Temperature 9 °C.

Thursday:

Mainly cloudy with just isolated showers, these may become more frequent in the evening. Brisk westerly winds at first, easing during the day. Maximum Temperature 10 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Dry start on Friday but rain and strengthening southerly winds developing by afternoon. Windy over the weekend with blustery showers, westerly gales easing on Sunday.

Updated at: 0331 on Wed 7 Dec 2016


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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.