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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0600 UTC on Thursday 03 September 2015

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0600 UTC Thursday 03 September to 0600 UTC Friday 04 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 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 in east, decreasing 4 or 5. Rough, occasionally very rough at first in east. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Rain for a time, then showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in north. Rain, then showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 for a time. Moderate or rough. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northwest 6 to gale 8. Rough, occasionally very rough. Rain, then showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 or 5. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. Moderate, becoming rough. Occasional rain or showers, perhaps thundery later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5. 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: Northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 in north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far north. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north and east. Occasional rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly, backing westerly for a time, 4 or 5. Smooth or slight. Showers, thundery later in far east. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate near North Foreland. Showers, thundery in far east. Good, occasionally poor in far east.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest, veering north for a time, 4 or 5. 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: Northwest, veering north for a time, 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: Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near St Davids Head. Slight, occasionally moderate in west. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly, veering northeasterly for a time, 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: Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

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

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in far west. 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, occasionally 6 in far west, veering northeasterly 3 or 4 later. Smooth in Morecambe Bay and in the inner Solway Firth, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers, occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Isle of Man

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

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

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, mainly in north and east. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times in south. Slight south of Belfast, otherwise moderate. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

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 Firth of Clyde. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

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 for a time, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: North 5 or 6, backing northwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate, becoming slight. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate in far north. Occasional rain, then showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: North 5 or 6, backing northwest 4 or 5 later. Rough in north, otherwise moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough later in north. Occasional rain, then showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northerly 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing westerly 3 or 4 later. Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

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

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest to north 2 to 4. 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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