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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 1800 UTC on Wednesday 02 September 2015

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 1800 UTC Wednesday 02 September to 1800 UTC Thursday 03 September 2015

General situation

A cool, fresh, showery northerly or northwesterly airstream will continue to affect the United Kingdom for the next few days.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. Rough, occasionally very rough in east. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, backing northwesterly 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, and later in southeast. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far northeast. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, backing westerly 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough, occasionally moderate at first. Showers, then rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later in north. Rough, occasionally very rough, becoming moderate later in north. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4 at first in south, otherwise northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in north. Moderate, becoming rough in north. Showers, thundery at first, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north. Occasional rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5. Moderate in north, otherwise smooth or slight. Showers, thundery at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 in north, perhaps gale 8 later in north. Slight in south, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Showers, thundery at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later near North Foreland. Showers. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate in far west, otherwise smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate in far west, otherwise smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later near St Davids Head. Slight, occasionally moderate in west. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 in east. Slight or moderate in west, smooth or slight in east. Showers. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Smooth in Morecambe Bay and in the inner Solway Firth, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Smooth in Morecambe Bay and in the inner Solway Firth, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times in south. Slight south of belfast, otherwise moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later in south. Slight south of belfast, otherwise moderate. Showers. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 in Firth of Clyde. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 in shelter. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate. Showers. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North, backing northwest later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: North 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in far north. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: North 5 or 6. Rough in north, otherwise moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 for a time. Moderate, occasionally rough at first in north. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: North 7 or gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 3 to 4, perhaps locally 5 this evening. Slight. Isolated showers. Good, occasionally moderate in showers.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 3 to 4, occasionally 5 Thursday evening. Slight. Isolated showers. Good, occasionally moderate 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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