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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0600 on Fri 31 Oct 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0600 on Fri 31 Oct 2014 UTC until 0600 on Sat 01 Nov 2014 UTC

General situation

Low pressure remains south of Iceland, maintaining a mild and changeable southwesterly flow across the United Kingdom, with winds strongest in the north and west.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times near Rattray Head. Moderate, becoming rough in far northwest later. Rain at times, then showers in west. Good, occasionally poor until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough, occasionally very rough in far northwest. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: South or southeast veering southwest later 5 to 6, occasionally 7 near Rattray Head. Moderate. Occasional rain, fair later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate occasionally rough in north. Fair, occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: South or southeast veering southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate. Fair, occasional rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Fair, occasional rain later. Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: South veering southwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Fair, occasional rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5 , occasionally 6 for a time in north. Slight, becoming moderate in north later. Fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly veering southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Rain later. Moderate or good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time in east. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: South veering southwest later 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight becoming moderate. Fair, occasional rain in west later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Moderate, becoming rough in west. Rain at times. Moderate or good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: South 5 or 6, veering southwest 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally rough later in far west. Mainly fair, occasional rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering west 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in west. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first in Bristol Channel, occasionally 7 in west, then veering southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west. Fair, rain later. Good, occasionally poor in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering west 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in west. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: South veering southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough later in south. Occasional rain or drizzle, fair later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, increasing, 7 or gale 8 later. Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later in far south. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northwest, veering southwesterly 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle, fair later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, except in far east. Moderate, occasionally rough in west. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: South 5 to 7, veering southwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later. Occasional rain or drizzle, fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, backing south for a time, 7 or gale 8. Slight or moderate, becoming rough occasionally very rough for a time. Fair, then rain at times. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. Moderate, occasionally rough later in west. Occasional rain, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. Moderate becoming rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in North Channel, veering southwesterly 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in north later. Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 for a time in North Channel, decreasing 4 at times later in Firth of Clyde. Moderate or rough, becoming rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast, veering southwest later, 5 to 7. Moderate becoming rough. Rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Rough, occasionally very rough near Tiree. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough. Rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough. Rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Easterly 7 or gale 8 in north at first, otherwise south or southeast, veering southwest, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southeast to south 4 to 5, locally 6 in the north, decreasing 3 to 4 overnight, starting to veer west end period. Slight to moderate, locally rather rough for a time in the north. Fair becoming cloudy overnight with some rain. Moderate to good, locally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 3 to 4, backing southwest, increasing 5 to 6 by evening, locally 7 overnight. Slight becoming moderate then rather rough, rough in the north later. Occasional rain, clearing by afternoon further rain Sunday morning. Moderate to good, 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.

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