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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Thu 28 Aug 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Thu 28 Aug 2014 UTC until 0000 on Fri 29 Aug 2014 UTC

General situation

High pressure to the northeast of Scotland will move away steadily northeastwards while a deepening complex Atlantic low moves slowly northeastwards, passing by close to western Ireland and then northwestern Scotland.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in northwest. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north. Rain for a time, fog patches later in east. Good to poor, but occasionally very poor later in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or southeast 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 at times later. Slight or moderate. Fair then rain, showers later, fog patches for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southeast 5 or 6 decreasing 3 or 4, then veering south later. Slight or moderate. Fair then rain, showers later. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 at times later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Rain for a time. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first. Slight, occasionally moderate at first in north. Showers. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly veering southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

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

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly veering southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle at times then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 4 or 5 increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle at first then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, becoming rough west of Lizard Point. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate in east, rough in west, but occasionally very rough near the Isles of Scilly. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly at first in east, otherwise southwesterly, 4 or 5 increasing 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in west. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later in west. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly veering southwesterly, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time, then perhaps gale 8 later in northwest. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 at first in northwest, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering south or southwest, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time, then perhaps gale 8 later in northwest. Slight or moderate in south, moderate or rough in north. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly veering southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 at first in northwest, decreasing 4 at times later. Slight or moderate in Liverpool Bay, otherwise moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southeast 6 or 7 veering south or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Rain then fair, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 at first. Rough becoming moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly veering southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, decreasing 4 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly veering southerly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in North Channel, but decreasing 4 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough except in Firth of Clyde. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast 6 to gale 8, veering south 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast veering southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate or rough, but slight or moderate in shelter. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far south. Fair then rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or southeasterly becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south, decreasing 4 at times later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in south. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in south. Fair then rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or southeasterly becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south, decreasing 4 at times later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough except near Sutherland. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: East veering southeast, 3 or 4 increasing 5 or 6. Slight becoming moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: West or southwest mainly 4, backing south late morning, veering west 2 to 4 in the afternoon then backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate in the north, slight in the south. Occasional rain and drizzle in the east at first, isolated showers in the evening. Good, locally moderate or poor in the east at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5. Mainly moderate with a low swell. Fair, then risk of showers around midday. Good, locally 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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