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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0600 on Tue 29 Jul 2014 UTC

The inshore waters forecast, issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Valid from 0600 on Tue 29 Jul 2014 UTC until 0600 on Wed 30 Jul 2014 UTC

General situation

A ridge of high pressure will extend across England and Wales from the southwest with low pressure to the north of Scotland.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, veering westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. Slight becoming moderate in southeast, moderate becoming rough occasionally very rough later in north. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6 occasionally 7 in north, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate becoming slight in southeast, rough becoming moderate in north. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

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

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight occasionally smooth for a time. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 later. Slight, occasionally smooth later. Mainly fair. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northerly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate for a time. Showers, then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then westerly or southwesterly later. Slight. Fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northerly backing westerly for a time 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time in east. Slight occasionally moderate for a time. Rain, then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly backing westerly 4 or 5, veering northwesterly 3 or 4 later. Slight. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: North backing west for a time, 4 or 5. Slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North backing west 4 or 5, veering northwest 3 or 4 later. Slight. Fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 later. Slight. Occasional rain in west for a time. Good, occasionally moderate in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 3 or 4. Slight becoming moderate in far west. Fair. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight. Occasional rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest, backing west later, 3 or 4 increasing 5 at times. Slight. Fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north later. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4 increasing 5 at times. Slight. Fair. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, veering northwest 4 or 5, backing west later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional rain then showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later. Occasional rain at first. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 or 5, backing southwest 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times in north. Slight or moderate, becoming occasionally rough in north. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times in north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north for a time. 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 northwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate occasionally rough for a time. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Westerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times in north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north and far south later. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6 occasionally 7 in north, veering northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough for a time in far north and far south. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Westerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times in north. Moderate becoming rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6 occasionally 7 in north, veering northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northwest to north 3 to 4, backing west for a time in the afternoon. Mainly slight. Fair to cloudy slight risk of a shower at first. Very good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North to northwest 2 to 4. Mainly slight. 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.

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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