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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0600 UTC on Thursday 26 May 2016

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0600 UTC Thursday 26 May to 0600 UTC Friday 27 May 2016

General situation

High pressure is centred to the north of the United Kingdom allowing for largely calm conditions today. A shallow area of low pressure lies to the east, moving slowly westwards across the country and losing its identity later today. This will bring rain, drizzle and fog patches to eastern coasts.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Northeast backing east later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times later near Cape Wrath. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East backing southeast later, 4 or 5. Slight. Fair. Good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Moderate, becoming slight later. Occasional rain in far south. Good, occasionally poor in far south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight. Occasional rain at first in far south. Good, occasionally poor at first in far south.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later. Moderate, becoming slight. Occasional rain or drizzle and fog patches. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming east or northeast 3 or 4. Slight. Fog patches at first, occasional rain or drizzle at first. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain and fog patches. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming east or northeast later, 3 or 4. Slight. Fog patches at first, occasional drizzle at first in north. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain or drizzle at first in north. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly backing northerly later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times in Strait of Dover. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers later. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times in Strait of Dover. Slight, occasionally moderate offshore. Thundery showers at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: East or northeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times near Selsey Bill. Slight, occasionally smooth in shelter. Thundery showers later. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast, 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less for a time. Slight, occasionally moderate offshore. Thundery showers at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: East or northeast, becoming variable at times later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4. Slight. Showers. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate at first in southwest. Showers later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly east or northeast at first, 3 or 4, decreasing 2 at times later. Slight, occasionally smooth in the Bristol Channel. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, occasionally 4 later. Smooth or slight. Rain at times in north. Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers for a time. Good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 5 at times in Solway Firth. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 5 later in north. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain and drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly northeasterly, 2 or 3, becoming northeasterly 4 or 5 later in north. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 in south. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 5 at times in north. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

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

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly, 4 or 5, occasionally variable 3 in Firth of Clyde. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 for a time. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later in south. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeasterly 4 or 5 at first in north, otherwise variable 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later in south. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeasterly 4 or 5 at first in north, otherwise variable 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate later in north. Fair. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in east. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: East to northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5, decreasing 2 to 4 late evening and becoming locally variable. Slight, locally moderate. Isolated thundery showers, becoming more frequent for a time late afternoon risk of fog patches, mainly near french coasts later. Good, occasionally moderate to poor, perhaps very poor in any fog.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast 2 to 4, becoming locally variable 1 to 3 in the south, backing northerly overnight. Slight with a low swell. Isolated thundery showers risk of fog patches, mainly near french coasts at first. Good, occasionally moderate in showers, perhaps locally very poor.

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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