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Birsay Bay

Monday 17 December

High Low High Low
05:13 10:50 17:11 23:32
2.4 m 1.6 m 2.5 m 1.2 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Cloudy SSE 15

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Tuesday 18 December

High Low High
06:14 11:52 18:13
2.5 m 1.4 m 2.6 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Heavy rain SSE 38

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Wednesday 19 December

Low High Low High
00:22 07:00 12:45 19:04
1.1 m 2.7 m 1.3 m 2.8 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Sunny day S 13

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Thursday 20 December

Low High Low High
01:09 07:39 13:34 19:47
0.9 m 2.9 m 1.1 m 2.9 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Cloudy SE 13

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Friday 21 December

Low High Low High
01:54 08:16 14:22 20:28
0.8 m 3.0 m 0.9 m 3.1 m
Weather conditions Wind speed/direction On/Offshore wind direction
Sunny day SSE 11

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Regional forecast for Orkney & Shetland

This Evening and Tonight:

A few clear spells at first over Shetland but soon becoming mostly cloudy. Some patchy light rain likely later in the night. Strong south becoming southeasterly winds, gales later. Minimum Temperature 9 °C.

Tuesday:

Cloudy and windy with light rain at times. The rain becoming heavier and more persistent in the afternoon and evening. Southeasterly gales continue, but easing over Orkney later. Maximum Temperature 10 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

A quieter spell of weather with sunny or clear spells and scattered heavy showers. Winds generally light through the rest of the week, but gusty near the showers.

Updated at: 1438 on Mon 17 Dec 2018


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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.