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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1200 on Wed 23 Jul 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 1200 on Wed 23 Jul 2014 UTC until 1200 on Thu 24 Jul 2014 UTC

General situation

A ridge of high pressure will bring settled weather to most areas.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in northwest, decreasing 3 at times later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far northwest. Fog patches in east, otherwise mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly southeast, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fog patches at times in east, otherwise mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in east.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: East or southeast, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly northeast, 3 or less. Smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northeast, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4. Smooth, occasionally slight. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast, becoming variable at times, 3 or less. Smooth, occasionally slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeasterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less at times in west. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers for a time in west, otherwise fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less for a time. Smooth or slight. Showers for a time. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less for a time. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4. Moderate in far west, otherwise smooth or slight. Showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4. Moderate at times in far west, otherwise smooth or slight. Showers at first. Moderate or good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: East or northeast, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4. Moderate in southwest, otherwise slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in southwest.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate at first in southwest. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly northeasterly, 3 or 4, becoming easterly 4 or 5 later in far north. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in far north. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in far north. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in far north. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 for a time. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight. Fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: East or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly east, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 5 later in Firth of Clyde. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeasterly 4 or 5 at first in Firth of Clyde, otherwise variable, mainly east, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in shelter. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly east or southeast, 3 or 4. Moderate at first in west, otherwise slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly southeast, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 at first. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Easterly 4 or 5 at first in far north, otherwise variable, mainly southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 at first. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in west. Fog patches. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northeast to north 2 to 4. Smooth or slight. Risk of a thundery shower overnight, most likely in the northeast. Good, locally moderate in any showers.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast to north 2 to 4. Slight with a low swell at first. Risk of a thundery shower on Thursday, most likely in the south. Good, locally moderate in any showers.

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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