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Regular Updates On The Weather, The Beach, What's On, What's Happened & Other Stuff That Might Be Useful.
This page is an additional one to our daily weather forecast and news pages and is expected to run from May to August.
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Abersoch Report Update: 24/05/2018: 2.20pm

Lots Going On In The Village On This Damp Day...

Damp Weather

It has been raining on and off since mid-morning, which, as the saying goes, will do the gardens good, however, these showery incursions are looking increasingly likely to make a nuisance of themselves across the area over the coming days. We have mentioned on the forecast page this week, that these little troughs and frontal features were a nightmare for the models to predict and today is a good example of that unpredictability. So, some warm sunshine over the holiday weekend, however, each day may become a bit of a showery lottery too.

 

Abersoch Watersports Moving Across The Road...

Phill Wood has been a busy man over the last couple of weeks, preparing for his move into more spacious premises across the road from the Glandulyn building to the Riverside premises, where you will be able to find everything you need to satisfy your watersports needs.

 

First Light Open Second Shop...

Sam at First Light has also been busy preparing for today's opening of her second First Light shop in the village, which is in the old Nat West building in the centre of the village. The shop has opened its doors this afternoon and we'll bring you news on what is inside on tomorrow's update.

 

Abersoch Boatyard Clearance Shop Up & Running...

The Boatyard team have also had a hectic week, converting what was the hairdressers into a clearance shop. The shop is crammed with bargains from brands including Henri Lloyd, Seasalt, Joules and Lazy Jacks.

 

Parking Charges On Fach Lay By...

In some not so good news, it looks as though the parking meters at the Fach parking lay by will be operational in the near future, with the signs now showing the tariffs that will be charged. Initial reactions to the charges appear to be negative and it does look as though this is another one of those decisions taken by the local council which the vast majority of the local population was unaware of. Who makes these decsions on behalf of the local population? Answers on a postcard please!

 

White House Hotel Project Grinds To A Halt...

We mentioned a few days ago that we would have some news on the White House development, which is (was) supposed to be a 42 bedroom hotel, spa along with 18 apartments, which sprung into life again last summer with advertising hoardings going up at the site, promises of a 2019 opening and apartments marketed for sale by a local estate agent as well as an impressive website going live. The hoardings came down almost as abruptly as they went up, which appeared odd at the time, however, the presumption was still that the development would go ahead. Recently, the website has disappeared and email to the contact for sales / info that was listed on the website now bounce. Our enquiries suggest that this project, after years and years of expectation, is now on indefinite hold with no prospect at the moment of it starting.

 

Next Update: Friday 25th May.

 

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Abersoch Watersports' new home..

Abersoch Boatyard clearance shop open.

First Light's second outlet in the village.

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No need to apologise!

Looks like being an unpopular move.

 

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 24/05/2018: 9.55am

All Change This Morning...

Cloudier But Still Warm...

The clear skies of yesterday have been replaced by cloudier ones this morning and we have seen a few spots of rain, but nothing significant. There was a northeasterly breeze first thing, but this has dropped out at the moment, so it is feeling quite warm and humid in the shelter of the village, especially as we are now also starting to see some sunnier intervals. Photos below from before 8am this morning.

 

Abersoch RNLI Open Day...

Abersoch RNLI will be holding their annual Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. Everyone will be welcome to visit the station, opposite Land and Sea, between 10:30 and 3:00. There will be the opportunity to inspect the boat and meet some of the crew. Refreshments will be available and there will be a barbecue around lunchtime. There will also be a cake stall, tombola, raffle and games to keep all the family entertained.

 

Llyn Arts Festival...

This takes place daily from the 26th May to the 3rd June - details can be found at the event Facebook Page.

 

Roundhouse Felin Uchaf Storytelling Events...

Three Storytelling Nights will be taking place in the Roundhouse on 27th, 31st May & 3rd June, as part of the Llyn Arts Festival.

All performances start at 7.30pm £5/3 at the door refreshments available during the break

Byddem yn cynnal rhaglen cyffroes o chwedleua a cherddoriaeth yn y ty Crwn Mawr yma dros yr wythnosa nesa gan ddechrau gyda tri noson yn ystod yr Wyl Gelf. £5/3 ar y drws , pob perfformiad yn dechrau am 7.30yh, lluniaeth ysgafn ar gael yn ystod yr egwyl. Details at www.felinwales.org/events

 

Next Update: Expected to be later today.

 

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A cloudier main beach.

Looking across towards Snowdon.

Cloud and sun rays.

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 23/05/2018: 5.10pm

Quite A Day!...

A Beach Day To Remember...

The sun has shone strongly all day here in Abersoch and there has been no wind to speak of whatsoever, so unlike yesterday, temperatures have soared into the 20's C. Down on the beach it was hot and windless, with water glassy perfection on the water for the very few boats and paddleboarders out there. Days like this are a bit like hen's teeth in some summers, however we are gradually accumulating quite a few nice ones so far this month, with this one being by far the best beach day so far this season. As we left the beach just after 4pm, the tide was coming in over the warm sand creating that wonderful warm water effect close to the shore. This will of course help the noticeable warming of the water in the bay that we have seen in the last couple of weeks.

 

Holiday Forecast...

Showers are still on the cards for tomorrow and Friday, according to the latest models that we have viewed in the last hour, however, there is still some chopping and changing going on, with some notable differences between the models for days such as Sunday, with some charts suggesting showers, whilst others are now going for a fine and really quite warm weekend - so expect the usual differences on those automated apps and forecast sites. We'll try and make some sense out of it all on tomorrow mornings' forecast page update, however, there is a reasonable chance that once these potential showers are out of the way during the next couple of days, that we may see mostly fine, warm and settled weather for some days from Saturday onwards, which is what is now being suggested by the Met Office - so keep those fingers crossed.

 

O'Shea SUP / Windsurf Inflatable Board...

We had a play on one of these today which is a versatile, lightweight inflatable board that can be used either as an easy to use beginners windsurfer, or with the rig moved, it can be used as a paddleboard. O'shea are based locally and their large range of inflatable paddleboards are now incredibly popular throughout the UK and we are looking forward to trying this one in some breeze with the windsurf rig on it. Further info at www.osheasurf.com/supmain.html

 

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Midday On The Main Beach.

A windless, glassy bay.

 

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O'Shea Inflatable Wind 90 SUP/Windsurfer

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 23/05/2018: 10.00am

As Good As It Gets Today...

A Stunning Start Morning...

It really is a bit of a belter here in Abersoch this morning and as the headline suggests, in terms of weather, this is about as good as it gets with clear skies, warm sunshine and practically no wind. If that wind stays very light today, then temperatures could soar up into the mid twenties C (see forecast page).

This morning, after a very early update over on the forecast page, it was time for another training run before it got too hot and the photos below give a taste of the views on the route from Abersoch to Neigwl, then onto the coastal path - over Cilan to Ceiriad and then to Abersoch. Breathtaking scenery, breathtaking weather on an amazing coastline.

 

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Porth Neigwl early this morning.

Ceiriad.

The Islands.

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Looking across the bay to main beach.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 22/05/2018: 5.05pm

Glorious Weather...

Feeling Hot In The Corner Of The Beach...

Blue skies have continued today and the breeze from the north has been up and down, with sheltered spots such as the Williams Cafe / SCYC end of the main beach really feeling hot this afternoon, with the sand almost too hot to walk on. The little huts that spend the summer on the beach were also being put back in place today, with the help of a JCB and these huts can be rented from the W&G Williams garage or cafe. When the huts go back in, it is a sign that the summer season really is here and although June is stil la few days away, today's weather is a reminder of how good it can get in Abersoch. Wednesday could potentially be even warmer as that breeze could drop out.

 

Looking Ahead...

It may not have escaped everyone's attention that the settled, high pressure dominated and warm outlook is now under a little bit of a threat, with the models in the last 36 hours or so, picking up on a trend to see showery troughs affecting the southern half of the country from time to time. There are plenty of differences between these models regarding the timing and behaviour of these troughs, but from our perspsective, there still looks like being plenty of warm or very warm weather over the next week, but the chance of showers, perhaps thundery showers, may increase from time to time. In the meantime expect those automated forecasting apps and websites to chop and change a fair bit over the next day or two. We have just had a quick trawl through what a few of the popular forecasting sites and apps are showing and there are some marked differences showing from as soon as Thursday, which does make it rather confusing for everyone, however, in set ups like the one that is on the way, with low pressure easing north from Iberia and the continent, unpredictability is par for the course. Whatever happens, it does look like staying generally warm and there is the potential for some hot feeling spells in the periods of sunshine.

 

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The summer huts are going back in.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 22/05/2018: 9.35am

Blue Skies To Start The Day...

The View From The Harbour This Morning...

The skies are blue this morning with a bit of haze towards Snowdonia and a northerly breeze and it is looking like being another lovely day. There have been some changes in the forecast outlook over the last 24 hours, which we describe over on the forecast page, with plenty of warm or very warm weather in the outlook, but also the background risk of thundery showers now coming into the equation too. Photo below is this morning's view from the harbour.

 

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The harbour a few minutes ago.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 21/05/2018: 7.15pm

Our Amazing Coastal Path...

Memorable Views On Our Doorstep...

A little training run for the forthcoming Pen Llyn Ultra, from Abersoch to Aberdaron this afternoon found some really quite memorable views. It always amazes us how quiet the coastal path is, especially as you head beyond Porth Neigwl to Aberdaron. Part of the reason for this is that the path has to take a bit of a detour away from the coast from Porth Neigwl to Rhiw, through farmland that often contains livestock. Today was a good example of how this can be a bit off putting as one field that the path crosses, contained dozens of frisky young bullocks, which caused a few moments of concern! Once back on the coast from Rhiw, the path has some truly stunning views, which were enhanced today by bluebells, horses that looked like unicorns from a distance and the weather. Speaking of which, it has felt warm today with increasing amounts of sunshine, though a noticeable northerly wind has picked up this afternoon, which was particularly strong on the far side of Rhiw, heading towards Porth Ysgo. if you enjoy walking and lovely views, then check out the coastal path and get back to where toy started by using...

 

The Llyn Coastal Bus...

Today's trip was rounded off by taking the wonderful Llyn Coastal Bus. This community bus service runs through the summer months around Llyn and enables people to enjoy the Coastal Path, in the knowledge that they can always get back to where they started from. Today, we took the 5pm bus from Aberdaron to Abersoch and we were back for 5.35pm at a cost of only £2. For more info on the timetable - visit www.bwsarfordirllyn.co.uk

 

Next Update: Expected to be on Tues 22/05/18.

 

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Ceiriad.

Bluebells.

Wowsers!

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Almost like unicorns.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 21/05/2018: 11.55am

Warm This Morning...

Sun Trying To Break Through...

We have seen some bright spells in Abersoch this morning, with the sun trying to break through the cloud cover and it is feeling warm, as the breeze is very light - so it is all really quite pleasant. A trip along the coast is planned this afternoon, so we should have some photos from that little adventure early this evening.

 

White House???...

With the site of the old White House Hotel still showing no signs of further development, we have been making enquiries as to what is going on. We will have the results of our enquiries in the next couple of days

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 20/05/2018: 4.55pm

Mostly Cloudy...

Cloudier Than Expected...

As mentioned earlier, today has remained stubbornly cloudy, after a bright start, so it has been all a little bit disappointing after the lovely few days that we have experienced recently. The good news is that the outlook is still generally very good indeed, with high pressure set to dominate through this week and through the holiday weekend, bringing the chance of beach weather conditions. We may see easterly or northeasterly winds pick up at times, but these often diminish in strength during the day in the immediate Abersoch area, so there could be some warm days during the holiday period. Fingers crossed, the charts will continue this theme.

 

An Early Start...

There was some early sunshine today, but you had to be up really early to see it and the sunshine was soon replaced by the cloudy afternoon views shown below. The reason for the early start today was for a trip into the mountains and a training run up the Watkin path. Conditions up there were pleasantly warm down at Nant Gwynant, but noticeably breezy and chilly on the summit.

 

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Golf slip

View down (or up) the beach.

Cloudy view from Mickey's.

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View from Snowdon's summit this am.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 20/05/2018: 2.40pm

Cloudier Than Expected So Far Today...

A Bit Underwhelming...

Today dawned bright and although we were expecting more in the way of high cloud today, we were not expecting cloud amounts to block out the sunshine for most of the time! We'll update with some photos later.

Next Report Update: Later today

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 19/05/2018: 4.10pm

Beautiful Weather Continues...

Another Warm Afternoon...

The sun is warm this afternoon, varying between strong and hazier spells, but generally it is really very nice again and those spots out of the light but cool breeze are really feeling warm. A stroll around the village this afternoon found the views below, including the new roof covering the balcony areas of Zinc. The roof has been in operation since earlier in the month and is partially retractable at the flick of a switch, meaning that eating or drinking outside, whilst enjoying a great view of the inner harbour, is now possible in all weathers.

 

How Long Will This Fine Spell Last?...

This morning's model runs have trended towards a prolonged spell of high pressure dominated weather, with perhaps a bit of a blip for a time next week, but with fine weather returning soon after. What is interesting about the charts today is that in comparison to previous days, they have all trended towards a much quieter Atlantic out to about 10 days time, which brings the possibility of some fantastic weather. We may end up in a really warm scenario with perhaps the chance of one or two thunderstorms, but also with a growing possibility of a fantastic bank holiday weekend. We will of course be keeping an eye on how things develop over on the weather page, where we don't tend to hype up the weather, however, if we continue seeing charts like those from this morning, then the expectation levels will increase as well as the potential levels of excitement. Could we actually see a genuine hot Whitsun??? To be continued...

 

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Outer harbour.

Harbour beach - busy!

The new mechanical Zinc roof.

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Inner harbour & Tim's yard.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 19/05/2018: 10.15am

Weekend Kicks Off With Blue Skies...

Glorious Start To Saturday...

The sun is out again here in Abersoch, continuing the really good spell of weather that we have seen over the last few days and the sunshine is strong, with only a tiny bit of high, fair weather cloud. It looks like being a bit of a cracker.

 

Madryn Castle Open Day...

An increasingly popular holiday home park a few miles from Abersoch is holding an open day next weekend, on Sunday 27th May from 10am... to welcome existing and new customers to the 2018 season.

According to the site owners... "This is a great opportunity for our current owners to meet some other people on the Park. We are also hoping to welcome anyone interested in perhaps buying a holiday home with us. This is a chance to have a good look around the Park, to meet the staff and some existing customers and to view our fantastic range of holiday homes for sale.

Bring your Family and friends and also enjoy some fine Music from Jazz Pianist Mal Fisher, freshly cooked pizzas from our very own pizza oven and last but not least, a glass of Prosecco."

 

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Open Day next weekend.

 

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 18/05/2018: 4.45pm

Beach Remains Quiet On A Fine Afternoon...

Hazy Sunshine Continues To Come & Go...

It has been (and still is) another fine afternoon here in Abersoch with a bit of a southerly breeze and some patchy areas of high cloud, so not bright sunshine all the time, however, the soft sand area down in the SCYC corner of the beach was mostly rather toasty and again it was really quiet. Not quite the idyllic conditions of Thursday afternoon, but not too bad at all! The weather looks like continuing in a similar vein during tomorrow, which we will of course discuss further on tomorrow morning's forecast page and on here during the latter part of the afternoon.

 

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Blue skies at times.

High cloud came & went.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 18/05/2018: 10.30am

Another Lovely Day On Pen Llyn...

Warm, Hazy Sunshine Again This Morning...

It is shaping up to be another beauty of a day here in Abersoch with the early haziness of the sunshine, now becoming stronger and warmer sunshine as this update is being typed. This carries on where Thursday left off and it looks like being another lovely afternoon for those lucky enough to be able to head down to the beach. An early morning jog along the coastal path to Ceiriad found the following views...

 

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Main beach at approx 8am.

Old Lifeboat station.

Porth Ceiriad.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 17/05/2018: 5.15pm

Sunshine + Wind Dropping Out = Warm, Warm, Warm!...

Near Perfect On The Beach This Afternoon...

We mentioned on this morning's forecast that a combination of not much breeze and sunshine could bring a really nice, warm feeling afternoon and that is what has happened! The high cloud that was causing the bright but hazy morning, cleared away to bring a rather classic Abersoch afternoon. To be honest, it was pretty much as good as it gets on the main beach, with the lack of breeze meaning that it was warm right down to the waters edge. The sea itself has also noticeably warmed in the last week, or so it seemed during a quick paddle. As was the case earlier in the week, the beach was again really quiet.

 

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The view this afternoon.

The beach this afternoon.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 17/05/2018: 11.35am

Fine Weather Today...

Hazy Sunshine This Morning...

It has been a pleasantly warm morning here in Abersoch with hazy sunshine as there is a bit of high cloud knocking about too and a hint of northeasterly breeze. Early this morning, a jog around to Porth Neigwl, up Cilan and back via Ceiriad along the wonderful coastal path, found some lovely views.

 

Roundhouse - Felin Uchaf Events...

Over at the Felin Uchaf Roundhouse in Rhosirwaun this Saturday, there is a chance to see traditional music with a difference from Wales and beyond as Three Legged Mare & Cynefin will be in concert from 7.30pm. For more info on the Felin Uchaf centre and the various events they host - have a look at www.felinwales.org/events/

 

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Heading up Cilan from Porth Neigwl.

Towards Ceiriad.

The islands with a Snowdonia backdrop.

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Traditional music with a difference.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 16/05/2018: 4.25pm

Mostly Cloudy But Dry...

More Cloud Than Expected...

Although it has stayed dry here in Abersoch today, there has been more cloud than expected, with our forecast earlier this morning suggesting the possibility of some decent spells of sunshine. Unfortunately, the forecast proved to be a little too optimistic today and most of any sunshine was this morning, as this afternoon has been disappointingly overcast, with a bit of a chilly breeze from a northerly quarter. The beach was (not surprisingly) quiet.

 

New Shops Opening...

There were a few people knocking about the village when we passed through this afternoon and work was going on in various new premises, with Abersoch Watersports set to move across the road to its new shop in the building that used to be the Front Door / Riverside, the hairdressers shop was being painted as Abersoch Boatyard are opening another outlet in there for the summer and there will also be a new shop opening next week in the old Nat West Bank building - more info and photos on these next week.

 

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Cool & choppy this afternoon.

SCYC jetty.

Main beach.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 15/05/2018: 5.55pm

Warm Today - Is There A Heatwave On The Way?...

Morning Low Cloud Breaks...

This morning's spell of low cloud broke up nicely today in Abersoch and it was feeling really quite warm in the village with not much breeze and with that warm, hazy sunshine. Later in the afternoon, a bit more in the way of cloud and breeze has arrived, heralding the arrival of a front tonight. The outlook for the next few days is for plenty of dry weather with some sunshine at times too, as high pressure dominates the local weather. The big question is... whether there is a heatwave on the way...

 

The Same Old Weather Forecast Story From The Same Newspaper(s)...

Every winter and every summer almost the same story gets rolled out in the newspapers (and in one newspaper in particular) claiming that either a long, Arctic, snowy armageddon is on the way or a 2 week or month long blistering heatwave. The same unreliable sources get quoted and everyone gets excited that they are either going to have to fill their cupboards with food supplies, or invest in air conditioning and plan a sweltering UK beach holiday. Unfortunately, more often than not the article, and the "forecast" it is based on is just is just plain wrong and when the forecast ends up being completely wrong, everyone blames the Met Office, even though they are not the source of the article! One way of looking at it is if each winter or summer, you predict that there is going to be weeks of extreme weather, then every few years, you might stumble on something that actually happens - a bit like a stopped clock being correct twice a day. So, in the case of the media hype today, is there any basis of fact in this latest clickbait, 2 week heatwave article? The answer is... possibly...

It is worth bearing the following in mind...

- The UK is a big place in terms of weather. Many of these clickbait forecasts are actually talking about the southeast of the UK, ie London and the London climate is very, very different to what we experience on the coast of NW Wales. A good example is the huge temperature difference between Pen Llyn and the SE during the May Day Weekend "heatwave".

- The Met Office provide the most accurate guidance for forecasts in the 6 to 30 day category and these currently highlight the potential NW / SE split in weather across the country, with some decent weather to be had, but there is NO mention of a possible extended very warm period, in fact at the moment they suggest that temperatures later this month may end up being close to the late May average. This does not mean that they are right and it should be noted that within their description there is certainly the potential for warm and fine periods.

- The models that are publically available, which are the ones we use to base our own forecasts on, are hinting at some fine weather in the next 14 days, with some charts looking very promising indeed, however, these charts do flip flop from day today so it is far too early to know whether they will be accurate or not. Note that your automated apps and weather websites use the operational runs of these models, so although they may be showing a heatwave in their extended outlook today, they often show something very different 12 hours later! We'll be looking for some signs of consistency from the models over the coming days over on the forecast page, however, until we see some consistency in terms of a high pressure dominated outlook, and until the Met Office start talking up a potential belting outlook, we will remain very cautious - especially as the next holiday weekend is 11 days away, so it will be some time yet before anyone can have a reasonable idea of what lies in store.

 

West Coast / Hell's Mouth Surf School Re-Opens This Weekend....

With the water temperature now warming up, the Hell's Mouth Surf School, operating out of West Coast Surf Shop is re-opening for business. Details at their Facebook Page or www.westcoastsurf.co.uk.

 

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Sea defence work.

The harbour this afternoon.

Surf school re-opening this weekend.

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 14/05/2018: 5.35pm

The Sunny Spell Continues This Afternoon...

Quiet Again On The Main Beach & Quite Warm Too...

Some early cloud this morning broke up and mostly disappeared to allow through some lovely spells of warm sunshine again this afternoon here in Abersoch. With only a light southwesterly breeze down on the main beach, it was pleasantly warm even by the waters edge with the soft sand areas higher up the beach again becoming really rather toasty. The beach was almost deserted, with a few people walking in the sunshine. For those lucky enough to be here on an afternoon like this, it doesn't get too much better, as that sun is strong at this time of year, so once that wind drops, it feels great.

 

Main Beach In Good Shape...

Despite the winter often seeing non-prevailing winds and some big easterly gales, the main beach has recovered quite well from the scouring and battering it took from the waves. Yes the sand level is lower than normal and there are some areas of stoney sand, however, in general the beach is in good shape and in far better condition than after one winter in the 1990's that saw the beach scoured down the bedrock for a period. This is good news for the main season and especialy as the next bank holiday week is not far away.

 

New Cafe & Restaurants In The Village...

Those who have already visited Abersoch this season will have seen the changes in the village with the Indian restaurant being replaced by the Abersoch Diner, the Nat West Bank building has the Two Islands Ice Cream parlour / Coffee shop in it, serving delicious home made ice cream and of course the very well known Coconut Kitchen is now under new ownership as the Coconut Cove. Abersoch has a diverse range of restaurants and cafes to suit most tastes and we wish these new enterprises well. In some not so good news, we have been told that The View restaurant and bar, formerly 5 Degrees West (Or the Glyn Club for those of a particular age) is currently closed.

 

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The main beach just before 2pm this afternoon.

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Looking the other way.

SCYC & Llanbedrog Head.

 

Next Update: Expected to be on Tuesday 15th May

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 13/05/2018: 5.35pm

A Weekend Of Sunshine...

Quiet On The Main Beach...

The sun shone this weekend, with the showers staying away and today saw virtually cloudless skies and strong sunshine. There was a little bit of a cool breeze on the beach, but areas in shelter on the soft sand were really quite warm, however, there was not much activity on the water and the beach itself was quiet. After a couple of days of no updates, the forecast page will return tomorrow and a brief look at the latest charts this afternoon does suggest that higher pressure may bring some very decent weather at times to the Abersoch area over the next week. More detail on the forecast update tomorrow morning.

 

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Blue sky / quiet main beach this afternoon.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 11/05/2018: 10.25am

Cloud & Wind This Morning...

The View from The Harbour...

The blue skies of yesterday have gone this morning with plenty of cloud and a strong south-southeasterly wind, which is gusting to gale in exposed spots. Abersoch outer harbour is sheltered in this wind direction and felt relatively warm and pleasant due to the lack of wind, despite the cloud overhead. The work on the harbour beach sea defences looks as though it is nearly finished after the tremendous battering it got from the storms earlier in the year. Below are a few pics of the scene this morning at about 10am.

 

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Outer harbour slipway.

View from the end of the harbour wall.

Sea defence repairs continue.

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 10/05/2018: 3.00pm

The Blue Skies Return...

Fine Today After 2 Days Of Unsettled Weather...

2 days of decidedly dodgy weather have been replaced by blue skies today here in Abersoch with spots sheltered from the moderate breeze feeling toasty, though that breeze does have an edge to it, with air temperatures struggling to reach the low teens C. As is most often the case at this time of year and especially this year, due to the colder than normal sea temperatures, sheltered spots in the sunshine are needed to benefit from the sun's warmth and today is one of those days. Unfortunately it is back to dodgy weather tomorrow with strong to gale force south-southeasterlies on the way, along with some rain arriving too. As for the weekend, we discussed the chance of showers arriving during Saturday on the weather forecast page this morning, however, there are some promising signs that the shower risk could be lowering, which we will discuss again early tomorrow morning. Note that there will be no forecast update on Saturday morning duse to the forecaster taking part in a 50mile footrace in Snowdonia.

 

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Quiet Lon Pen Cei.

Almost cloudless above the bay.

Warm in the corner of main beach.

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One of several good coffee options!

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 09/05/2018: 2.10pm

A Wet Wednesday Afternoon...

After A Dry Morning, The Rain Arrives...

It is raining here in Abersoch this afternoon, after a cloudy but dry morning, which we took advantage of to have a short jog round the coastal path to Porth Ceiriad before the rain arrived. On the tops above Ceiriad, the wind was gusting to strong in strength and it is now quite breezy in the village as this update is being typed. Fortunately, a better day is expected on Thursday (tomorrow), when we may see a return of that yellow ball in the sky again, before the weather goes downhill on Friday.

 

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Mid-morning view - cloudy but dry.

Choppy in the sound.

Porth Ceiriad

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 08/05/2018: 5.20pm

After The Rain The Sun...

A Damp Tuesday Ends On A High Note...

It got quite wet for a time today here in Abersoch, especially around the late morning to early afternoon period, when we saw a spell of persistent rain and there was a bit more rain than we were expecting. Later this afternoon, the cloud has been replaced by much brighter skies and it is feeling fairly warm again in the sunshine, especially as the wind has dropped off.

Photos below from above the main beach.

 

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4.20pm this afternoon.

 

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Abersoch Report Update: 08/05/2018: 12.40pm

A Truly Spectacular Dolphin Video ...

Check This Out...

Drone footage of the area is now a familiar feature of social media, however, something occasionally pops up that simply makes you go "wow!. This is definitely one of those "wow" moments as here is some amazing footage of the dolphins, taken from a drone yesterday - and we have not seen anything quite like it! Many thanks to Andy Huddlestone for sending the link... www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZHXcwHq7Mo&feature=youtu.be

 

       

Amazing footage.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 08/05/2018: 11.00am

Bank Holiday Weather Post Mortem...

Warm But No Heatwave...

As described in our update yesterday afternoon, as far as bank holidays go, especially this one which falls right at the beginning of May, it really turned into a lovely one after the disappointlingly cloudy and cool / chilly weather of Friday and Saturday. Temperatures rose above the mid-teens in the Abersoch area on Sunday and Monday after the clearance of early sea fog, though the air temperatures did not generally reach 20C. The reason for this was that the seas are very cold at this time of year, which is especially so this year after the cold spells of the last few weeks and any breeze coming off that sea will keep the air over the peninsula relatively cool and this was highlighted by the fact that the Met Office weather station at Aberdaron did not reach 13C on Monday, despite some sunshine. Spots a short distance inland from the waters edge obviously got quite warm in the strong sunshine, especially on Sunday, eg on the soft sand areas of the main beach in Abersoch and in the village, however, this was no heatwave in terms of air temperatures and was often more than 10C less than was recorded in the SE of Britain. Our turn will come in terms of higher temperatures, but not this week!

 

Sea Fog - Why Did It Affect This Area?...

With sea temperatures cold at this time of year, if warm and moist air flows over it, then advection fog can occur, which results in sea fog. Basically the warm air above the cold water is cooled and ends up releasing its water due to condensation in the form of clouds and fog. Light breezes are generally needed for this to happen and the fog can affect coastal areas, with narrow peninsulas such as Pen Llyn prone to such events. As the sea warms up during the early summer, then the chances of sea fog occuring generally reduce. Eastern coastal areas of Britain, where the North Sea is often colder than the Irish Sea, generally sees more regular instances of sea fog, where it is known as fret or haar.

 

Over the weekend, the western side of Wales saw almost perfect conditions for the formation of the fog with light breezes and relatively warm air over very cold water, with the direction of breeze bringing it over the land, especially during the early and latter parts of the day.

 

Is Sea Fog Becoming More Common In This Area?...

Simple answer to this one - no. Its purely down to the luck of a particular weather set up at a particular time of year. Our seas never really warm up, which is why wetsuits are normally required during the summer months, so there is a chance that sea fog can form at any time, however, it is not known to be becoming a more common feature of the local weather.

 

       

Sea fog / low cloud came & went.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 07/05/2018: 5.10pm

May Day Holiday Weekend - Beautiful Bank Holiday Weather...

Not Bad For A Bank Holiday!...

We can have no complaints about the weather over the last 2 days with today following on from Sunday's warm sunshine. The fog cleared fairly quickly this morning from the village area, though it still lapped onto beaches such as Porth Neigwl for a time. Conditions on the main beach were lovely, a light and refreshingly cool breeze, with warm sunshine on the soft sand areas and it was also noticeably quieter than Sunday. The sky had a bit of high cloud drifting about, but not enough to spoil the sunshine and as far as Bank Holiday's go, this ended up being a bit of a belter, after the disappointment of Saturday. Unfortunately, changeable weather is set to return from tomorrow, with some rather windy and very mixed conditions for the rest of the week, with Thursday perhaps looking as though it might be the next decent day, which we'll take a closer look at on tomorrow morning's forecast page.

 

     

Late morning on the main beach.

Morning fog.

 

 

 


Abersoch Report Update: 07/05/2018: 8.30a
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May Day Holiday Weekend - Bank Holiday Morning...

Fog Clearing Again...

The sunshine has broken through the fog again this morning - ss discussed over on the forecast page - so it looks like being another beach day! Enjoy the sunshine and let's hope the Irish Sea fog stays away.

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 06/05/2018: 5.45pm

May Day Holiday Weekend - It Turned Out Nice!...

A Beautiful Afternoon...

The sun has been shining here in Abersoch since our last update and it has been a bit of a stunning afternoon, with skies crystal clear. After a trip to Llanbedrog fete, the afternoon destination was Abersoch main beach which was not surpisingly fairly busy and nice and warm in the sunshine. There was a fair bit of activity on the water, with some powerboats and jetskis enjoying the early season warmth of the sun, though the sea was really, really cold. Towards the water's edge, there was a bit of a cross-shore breeze, which was quite refreshingly cool and the breeze picked up later from a southerly quarter and this brought in some chillier air and the fog banks back into the bay. The fog is affecting parts of the area again as this report is being typed and may return to the village this evening and overnight, so, tomorrow morning could be a repeat of the will it or won't it brighten up scenario that we saw this morning. Fingers crossed for a repeat performance.

 

     

Llanbedrog May Day Fete.

Llanbedrog May Day Fete.

 

     

Blue skies above the main beach.

Perfecto.

 

     

Fog banks returning later this afternoon.

Islands engulfed.

 

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 06/05/2018: 11.50am

May Day Holiday Weekend - Sunday Morning Part 2...

The Sunshine Arrives...

Well it took its time and there was considerable doubt this morning as to whether it would actually turn up at all this weekend, however, the sun has finally made an appearance, with conditions transformed from the early gloom to something really rather toasty. There was a reference to an old Fast Show character this morning over on the forecast page, which can now be changed to another, as it is looking far more like a "scorchio" scenario for the next few hours. One word of caution is that those fog banks are still lurking out there in the Irish Sea, so there remains a chance that they could still re-appear, especially later, so we are perhaps not completely out of the woods just yet.

 

This morning's run along the coastal path from Porth Neigwl was foggy to say the least, with no views possible from Cilan or the Ceiriad area - until the latter stages, when the fog rather suddenly cleared away, as seen in the photo below.

 

Time to head towards the beach...

 

       

Fog banks clearing away this morning.

 

 

 

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Later this afternoon.

 


Abersoch Report Update: 06/05/2018: 8.00a
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May Day Holiday Weekend - Sunday Morning...

A Foggy Start...

As discussed over on the forecast page, it is a foggy start to the day here in Abersoch - so beach plans are currently on hold! Heading towards the coastal path, so will post any photos (if there is any visibility) later.

 

 

Abersoch Report Update: 05/05/2018: 5.20pm

May Day Holiday Weekend - Saturday Part 2...

Cloud Continuing...

A brief update following on from the first one a couple of hours ago with some cloudy photos taken in the village and on the beach. As the last caption below says, let's hope it's a sunnier one tomorrow!

 

   

Cloudy and fairly cool on the beach.

Busy Vaynol patio this afternoon.

Hopefully sunnier tomorrow!

 

Abersoch Report Update: 05/05/2018: 3.35pm

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend Starts With Cloud...

Intro

Welcome to a new feature on the site - an experimental page with an aim to provide supplementary info to our daily weather forecast page and the news page, with info on various stuff that is taking place in the locality. The page will be updated on most days of the week and will also bring updates from the beach(es).

 

What's On

The popular Mickey's Boatyard Beach Cafe, down at the Bwlchtocyn end of Abersoch main beach are having a bit of a family friendly bash today with the bar open all afternoon, with day and evening menus and live music from the excellent Tom Macaulay and Annabelle from 7pm. There is no entry fee for the event, however, the organisers suggest that donations to Abersoch RNLI will be greatly appreciated. Amanda at Totally Abersoch on the Sarn Bach road just outside of the village, will be open all weekend and has lots of beautiful new stock for your home, as well as of course John's wonderful photos. Dan's Bootcamp took place this morning, with another scheduled for 8.30am on the main beach (Abersoch Cafe middle slipway).

 

Warren Beach Launch Zones

Users of the Warrne Beach are being asked to check out the beach zoning map that is on prominent display on the beach, which shows the various water zones where non-powered craft are excluded and the speed limits inside the buoys. Yellow flags have also been placed on the beach to designate the launch areas.

 

When Will The Sunshine Arrive?

With forecasts in the media over the last few days predicting heatwaves, we have been a little more cautious on our forecast page, due to this coastal cloud that arrived yesterday and has continued today, which has remained disappointingly overcast and cool. The latest satellite imagery does show clearer skies a short distance away towards Anglesey and into the rest of North Wales, with Pen Llyn under this annoying blanket of cloud. You will have noticed that the popular GFS model powered sites such as XC Weather, Wind Guru etc have been predicting blue skies since yesterday morning, which, as often is the case on these sites, is wrong. The resolution of this model is not really geared up for local anomalies like this coastal cloud cover and so we have to look at higher resolution models to provide us with a better idea of what might happen. Funnily enough, the Met Office and BBC use such higher resolution models and these have performed much better over the last 24 hours, showing cloud dominating in our area. So, as we have been discussing on the weather page this morning, the question remains whether we are likely to see some sunshine this weekend. The answer is a cautious yes. A look at the graphics below, which are from the excellent Metociel website from France and show their highly regarded, high resolution Arome model's view on the cloud. One thing to remember, is that this is still a computer model, so it is by no means perfect and it only runs out to 42 hours ahead, however it often gives us a better idea of what is happening, especially when used in conjunction with other short range, hi-res info. Low cloud on the graphics is the red area, and whereas today the model has a blanket of red over the Abersoch area, there are signs of the darker areas appearing tomorrow, with the darker areas corresponding to clearer skies. The model does still show some cloud affecting parts of the coast during Sunday afternoon, however, it may be less of an issue than today. So, as we discussed on the weather page this morning, there is some room for optimism that we may see a brighter and warmer day tomorrow (Sunday), especially for the afternoon. As for the prospects for Monday, we'll leave that to further updates on the forecast page and this page.

 

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Cloud cover early Sunday morning.
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Cloud cover Sunday afternoon.
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Llyn Coastal Bus Service - Bws Afordir Llyn

A useful bus service operates around Pen Llyn with regular buses between Llanbedrog, Abersoch, Porth Neigwl, Aberdaron, Porthor and Nefyn. The service runs until late October and is a good way of exploring the fantastic coastal path, knowing that you cn get back to where you started from. Details can be found at the website at: www.bwsafordirllyn.co.uk