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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0001 UTC on Monday 25 July 2016

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0000 UTC Monday 25 July to 0000 UTC Tuesday 26 July 2016

General situation

Low pressure continues to be located near Iceland, maintaining the west to southwesterly airflow across the British Isles. Various weather fronts will move eastwards in the flow, bringing rain or showers at times.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic, becoming westerly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 at times in north. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate or rough in northwest later. Rain or showers, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, or very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, then becoming variable 3 or 4 later in southeast. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in northwest. Showers. Good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times in south. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, becoming variable at times later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Smooth or slight. Showers later. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest, becoming variable at times later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Showers later. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: West or southwest, becoming variable at times later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, backing south for a time later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Showers later. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times, becoming variable 3 for a time later in north. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Smooth or slight. Drizzle or fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly, backing southwesterly later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Moderate or good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West or southwest, veering northwest later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches and drizzle at first in east. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest, backing southwest later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in west. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in west. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in the Bristol Channel. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in north. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in south. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in south. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time north. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less at first in north, otherwise westerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Smooth or slight. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West or southwest, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in north. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly southwesterly, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 for a time. Smooth or slight. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far south. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic at first in north, otherwise variable, becoming westerly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly at first in west, otherwise southeasterly backing southerly, then becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: West to northwest 3 to 4. Smooth or slight. Mist and fog patches, with occasional light drizzle, clearing by mid-morning risk of a shower in the afternoon. Moderate to very poor becoming good during the morning.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest to west 2 to 4, backing southwest in the evening. Slight with a low swell. Fair to cloudy. Good.

Inshore waters overview

Forecasts for UK inshore waters are issued four times a day and cover a period of 24 hours from 0000, 0600, 1200 and 1800 UTC.

The coastal waters, up to 12 miles offshore, around the British Isles are divided into 19 areas.

The forecast contains details of forecast wind direction and force, weather, visibility and sea state.

Strong coastal winds (Strong Breeze force 6 or more) are displayed for the first 24 hours of the inshore waters forecast.

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