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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Thu 23 Oct 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Thu 23 Oct 2014 UTC until 0000 on Fri 24 Oct 2014 UTC

General situation

A complex and slow-moving area of low pressure centred near Iceland will maintain the strong southwesterly flow across many parts of the United Kingdom over the coming days. Associated Atlantic fronts will also bring spells of rain or showers to all parts.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times in the Moray Firth. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north. Showers. Moderate or good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers in north, otherwise mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly, backing southwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west or northwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough in west. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering northwest for a time, 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally rough in west. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough in west. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west or northwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Moderate, occasionally rough in west. Rain or drizzle, becoming mainly fair later. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6. Moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle until later. Good, occasionally poor until later.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, veering west 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, veering west 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle, becoming fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Rough in northwest, otherwise slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in northwest. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far northwest. Showers. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in the North Channel. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Showers. Moderate or good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times. Rough or very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in west. Rough or very rough. Showers. Moderate or good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south and far north. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south and far north. Showers. Moderate or good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7. Rough or very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in west. Rough or very rough. Showers. Moderate or good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: West 4 to 5, locally 6 in the north, backing southwest by dawn. Slight in the south to rather rough in the north. Patchy light rain by midday. Mainly good, perhaps poor in rain.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South to southwest 4 to 5, locally 6 in the morning, veering west to northwest around midday and decreasing 3 to 4 later. Slight to moderate, with a low swell, locally rather rough in the north in the morning. Occasional light rain, becoming persistent and heavier later Friday morning, clearing in the evening. Good, occasionally moderate, locally poor in rain.

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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