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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1800 on Tue 27 Jan 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 1800 on Tue 27 Jan 2015 UTC until 1800 on Wed 28 Jan 2015 UTC

General situation

Atlantic fronts will move southeast across the United Kingdom, clearing the far southeast around midday Wednesday. A much colder northwesterly flow will follow with strong winds or gales and squally wintry showers, especially in the north.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly veering westerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in north, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain, then squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later, then veering northerly later in north. Very rough or high in north, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming mainly slight later in inner Moray Firth. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west later, 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Mainly fair then occasional rain, wintry showers later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Rough, becoming slight or moderate. Wintry showers. Moderate or good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Fair then occasional rain, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 at times later. Rough, becoming slight or moderate. Showers, becoming wintry. Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west, 4, increasing 5 to 7, then increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 at times later. Rough, becoming slight or moderate. Showers, occasionally wintry. Good, occasionally moderate.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 at times later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in Strait of Dover. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 or 4, backing west or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight at first in shelter in east, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in west. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in west. Showers. Moderate or good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in northwest. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in far southwest. Squally showers. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, squally showers later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8. Rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, then squally showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Squally showers, becoming wintry. Good, occasionally moderate.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west 6 or 7, increasing 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9. Slight or moderate becoming rough later in east, moderate or rough becoming very rough or high in north. Occasional rain or drizzle, then squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north. Moderate or rough in east, very rough or high in north. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in North Channel. Occasional rain or drizzle, then squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Mainly moderate in shelter, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high in North Channel. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 to gale 8, then veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, becoming high or very high except in shelter. Occasional rain or drizzle, then squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Very rough or high, occasionally very high in west. Squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9 later. Very rough, occasionally high later in far north and in far south, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, then squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in south, otherwise westerly becoming cyclonic later 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5, then becoming northeasterly 5 or 6 later. Very rough or high in far north and in far south, otherwise moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough or high, occasionally very high later. Occasional rain or drizzle, then squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in south, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later in north. High or very high. Squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly backing southerly for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, then veering west or northwest later, perhaps gale 8 later in south. Rough or very rough, but moderate in sheltered east. Rain then squally showers, occasionally wintry and thundery. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northwest to west 3 to 4, soon backing southwest 4 to 5, increasing 5 to 6 after midnight, locally 7 mid-channel after dawn, veering west to northwest 6 to 7 by midday, occasionally gale 8. Slight to moderate, increasing rather rough to rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, clearing around midday to scattered squally showers. Good, becoming moderate to poor in rain or drizzle, then moderate to good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest to west 6 to gale 8. Rather rough to rough, soon increasing rough to very rough. Scattered squally rain or hail showers, perhaps becoming wintry later risk of thunder. Moderate to good, locally poor in 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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