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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Wed 26 Nov 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Wed 26 Nov 2014 UTC until 0000 on Thu 27 Nov 2014 UTC

General situation

A ridge of high pressure initially extends from Germany towards north eastern areas. An area of low pressure will move slowly north from northwest France into the English Channel during Wednesday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first near Orkney, and variable 3 in Moray Firth. Slight or moderate occasionally rough between Cape Wrath and western Orkney. Occasional rain, fog patches in Moray Firth. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in Moray Firth.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 4 or 5, but variable 3 in Moray Firth. Slight or moderate occasionally rough near northwest Orkney. Occasional rain, fog patches at in Moray Firth. Moderate or good occasionally very poor in Moray Firth.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: South backing east or southeast 3 or 4 , occasionally 5 near Rattray Head. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first. Slight or moderate occasionally smooth at first. Occasional rain, fog patches later in Firth of Forth. Good, occasionally poor, very poor later in Firth of Forth.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Variable becoming southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first off Whitby. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in south. Rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight occasionally moderate later. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5 , occasionally 3 later. Moderate becoming slight. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or southeast 4 or 5 , occasionally 3 at first. Slight occasionally moderate later. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Easterly 4 or 5 occasionally 6 at first in north or 6, veering southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4. Slight or moderate occasionally smooth later. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasional poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 in south and east. Slight occasionally moderate later. Occasional rain at first. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Easterly becoming cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in west. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Cyclonic 4 or 5 becoming easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, becoming mainly fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Northeast or north 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming cyclonic 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Cyclonic 4 or 5 becoming easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers, becoming mainly fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Northeast or north 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming cyclonic 4. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west at first. Occasional rain, becoming mainly fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Cyclonic 4 becoming south or southeast 4, increasing 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate becoming occasionally rough in far west. Occasional rain or showers, becoming mainly fair later. Moderate or good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: North or northeast 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Lands End at first and smooth in Bristol Channel. Occasional rain, fog patches at first in Bristol Channel. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in Bristol Channel.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or 4 becoming east or southeast 4 or 5 increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate occasionally smooth in Bristol Channel, becoming rough later near Lands End. Showers, fog patches later in Bristol Channel. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later in Bristol Channel.

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

24 hour forecast: East veering southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight or moderate occasionally smooth later in far north. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasional poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 3 or 4 increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate occasionally smooth at first in far north. Occasional rain, becoming mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 4 or 5 veering southeast 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 4 or 5 occasionally 3 at first. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain, becoming mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southeast 3 or 4, backing east or northeast, then decreasing east 2 or 3 later. Slight, becoming smooth or slight later. Patchy rain for a time, otherwise fair. Good, possibly moderate in rain.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East 2 or 3, gradually increasing east or southeast 5 or 6. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later. Fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 3 in south later. Smooth or slight occasionally moderate in far north. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 3 in south at first. Slight or moderate occasionally smooth at first. Showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 3 in Firth of Clyde. Slight or moderate, but smooth in the Firth of Clyde. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first. Slight or moderate, but smooth in the Firth of Clyde. Showers. Moderate or good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: South or southeast veering southwest for a time, 4 or 5, increasing 6 later towards Ardnamurchan Point. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly 4 or 5 but 6 at first in north. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or showers. Good occasionally moderate.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: South or southwest backing southeast, 4 or 5, increasing 6 later towards Ardnamurchan Point. Smooth or slight but moderate, occasionally rough, in south and far north. Occasional rain. Good occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly 4 or 5, but 6 at first in south. Smooth or slight but moderate, occasionally rough at first , in south and far north. Occasional rain at first. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: South or southwest backing southeast, 4 or 5, increasing 6 later towards Ardnamurchan Point. Rough but moderate in northeast. Occasional rain. Good occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly 4 or 5, but 6 at first in south. Moderate or rough occasionally slight later in north and east. Occasional rain at first. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 5 or 6 increasing 7 for a time. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first in east. Occasional rain. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 to 4, locally northeast 5 mid-channel at first, becoming northerly 3 to 4 in the afternoon, backing northwest to west decreasing 2 or 3 during the evening. Slight, locally moderate in the north at first. Occasional rain and drizzle, with a risk of fog patches, clearing in the evening. Moderate to poor, perhaps very poor, becoming moderate to good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 2 to 4, backing southerly by dawn, further backing southeast increasing 4 to 5 by afternoon, then 6 to 7 in the evening. Slight with a low swell, becoming moderate, locally rather rough later. Isolated showers, dying out Thursday morning. Moderate to 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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