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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0600 on Mon 27 Apr 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 0600 on Mon 27 Apr 2015 UTC until 0600 on Tue 28 Apr 2015 UTC

General situation

A deep area of low pressure between Iceland and Norway will gradually move southwestwards and gradually fill. A second, quite vigorous low will move towards southwest Scotland today, before moving eastwards across northern areas as a filling feature tonight. A third Atlantic low will move towards Northern Ireland later on Tuesday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: West backing south for a time 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, decreasing 4 at times. Slight in inner Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in north. Wintry showers, fair for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest, backing south later, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in north. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly, backing southerly for a time, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in north, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first near Rattray Head. Fair then showers. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly backing southerly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in south. Slight or moderate. Wintry showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5, backing south, then veering west later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Fair then showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing south later, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough becoming slight later. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: North becoming variable 3 or 4, then south, then veering west later, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Fair then showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing south later, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northerly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southerly, veering westerly later, 5 or 6. Slight, but mainly moderate in north. Showers later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6, backing southerly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northerly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3, then westerly 4 or 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly backing southwesterly later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: North or northeast, backing west later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing south or southwest later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: North backing northwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Fair then showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: North backing northwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time later. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest backing southwest, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable becoming westerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north. Slight becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly backing southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9. Smooth or slight becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough for a time in south. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southwest 3 or 4 veering west or southwest 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 for a time later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Mainly moderate. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, veering west or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9. Mainly slight becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough. Squally showers, rain for a time later. Good, occasionally poor later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9. Slight becoming moderate or rough. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly backing southwesterly for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough. Squally showers, rain for a time later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3, becoming southwest, then cyclonic 5 to 7, then west or northwest 7 to severe gale 9. Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West becoming cyclonic for a time later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers, rain for a time later. Good, occasionally moderate, becoming poor for a time later.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly becoming cyclonic for a time, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in south. Slight or moderate, but rough in north and for a time in far south. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly backing southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north and in far south. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly becoming cyclonic for a time, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough for a time later in south. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly backing southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly backing southerly or southeasterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northwest. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: North to northeast 4 to 5, very soon decreasing 3 to 4, backing northwest to west in the afternoon, increasing 4 to 5 early evening, occasionally 6. Slight to moderate, becoming moderate to rather rough this evening. Fair or fine. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest to west 4 to 5, decreasing 3 to 4 Tuesday afternoon, backing southwest in the evening. Moderate to rather rough, becoming mainly slight in the afternoon. Fair, becoming cloudy Wednesday morning. 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.

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