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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Tue 28 Jul 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Tue 28 Jul 2015 UTC until 0000 on Wed 29 Jul 2015 UTC

General situation

A complex area of low pressure over the United Kingdom will move away eastwards, allowing a cool northwesterly airflow to become established.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in far east. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, except in shelter. Showers. Mainly good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: North or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North backing northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 towards Rattray Head. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in far north. Showers. Mainly good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: North 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North backing northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Mainly good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West veering northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 3 or 4 at times in far north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far south. Showers. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly veering northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in north. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West veering northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times later. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 5 to 7, veering northwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Rain, drizzle or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in south, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight in north. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Smooth or slight at first in north, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Northeast backing northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers at first. Mainly good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic, becoming northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight, occasionally moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly backing northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in North Channel. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

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

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly backing northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight, occasionally moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly backing northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in North Channel. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North backing northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Northeast backing north 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, backing northwest 3 or 4 later. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Northeast backing north 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, backing northwest 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: North or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Fair then occasional rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Westerly 6 to 7, perhaps with gusts to 45kt mid channel at first, decreasing 5 to 6 around dawn and 4 to 5 mid morning, then increasing 5 to 6 again late Tuesday evening. Rather rough to rough, perhaps very rough mid-channel at first, decreasing moderate to rather rough during the morning. Isolated showers. Moderate to good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 5 to 6, decreasing 4 to 5 during the afternoon. Moderate to rather rough, with a low swell. Risk of a shower. Mainly 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.

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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