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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Sun 26 Oct 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Sun 26 Oct 2014 UTC until 0000 on Mon 27 Oct 2014 UTC

General situation

The British Isles remain under the influence of a mild southwesterly airstream. Low pressure is centred near Iceland and high pressure lies over the near Continent. Strong winds will affect most areas, the winds strongest in the north, with stormy conditions for a time in the far north until later tomorrow morning.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first near Cape Wrath, veering west 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later in Moray Firth. Very rough or high in northwest, rough becoming moderate in Moray Firth. Rain or thundery showers, mainly in north. Good, occasionally poor in northwest.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times. Very rough becoming rough in north, moderate or rough in east. Rain at times, mainly in northwest. Good, occasionally poor in northwest.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough further offshore. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later in south. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 later in south. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly backing southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in Strait of Dover. Slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly backing southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in Strait of Dover. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest backing south 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly backing southerly 4 or 5. Rough near Isles of Scilly, otherwise slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 later in west. Rough in far west, otherwise slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly backing southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in west. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in north. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Occasional rain or drizzle. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in Liverpool Bay. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 at times in Liverpool Bay. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in Liverpool Bay. Occasional rain or drizzle. Good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 6 or 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in far north. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest backing south 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Very rough at first in far north, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 for a time in far north. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later in far northwest. Very rough or high, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: West or southwest gale 8 to storm 10, veering west 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate in north. Rain. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8 for a time. Rain or very rough at first in far south, otherwise slight becoming moderate. Rain. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: West or southwest gale 8 to storm 10, veering west 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first. Rain. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8 for a time. Rough, occasionally very rough at first. Rain. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first in west, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Rough just east of Shetland, otherwise high becoming very rough. Thundery showers, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southwest 3 to 4, occasionally 5 in the north in the morning, backing southerly later. Slight to moderate. Rather cloudy, becoming fair in the evening. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 4 to 5, perhaps locally 6 in the morning, decreasing 3 to 4 by evening. Slight to moderate, with a low swell. Fair. Mainly 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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