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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1800 on Tue 21 Oct 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 1800 on Tue 21 Oct 2014 UTC until 1800 on Wed 22 Oct 2014 UTC

General situation

A deep area of low pressure will move southeastwards across the northeastern North Sea this evening and across Germany tonight while a transient ridge of high pressure follows across the British Isles from the west.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first near Rattray Head, backing west 4 or 5, then southwest 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high at first except in the Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough. Showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first near Rattray Head, backing west 4 or 5, then southwest 5 or 6 later. Very rough or high at first near Rattray Head, otherwise moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate. Showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Slight or moderate. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9 backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later. Showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, backing west 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later. Showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain then fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, backing westerly 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough at first near northeast Norfolk, otherwise moderate or rough. Squally showers then fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Rough, becoming slight or moderate. Squally showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Fair then drizzle at times. Moderate or good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing west 4 or 5 later. Rough, becoming slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Fair then drizzle at times. Moderate or good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Northwest 6 to gale 8 backing west 4 or 5. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate except near the Isles of Scilly. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough near the Isles of Scilly, otherwise slight or moderate. Fair then drizzle at times. Moderate or good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Northwest 6 to gale 8 backing west 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate. Showers then fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 or 6 backing southwest 4 or 5. Moderate. Fair then drizzle at times. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Northwest 6 to gale 8 decreasing 5, then backing southwest 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate. Showers then fair, then occasional rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate. Occasional drizzle. Moderate or good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 5 or 6, then backing southwest later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate. Squally showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times in Liverpool Bay. Slight or moderate in Liverpool Bay, otherwise moderate. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9 backing west 5 or 6, then backing southwest later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate. Squally showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later. Moderate, becoming slight or moderate later. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9 backing west 4 or 5, then southwest 5 or 6 later. Very rough or high becoming moderate or rough. Squally showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough in north, otherwise slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in North Channel, backing westerly 4 or 5, then southwesterly 5 or 6 later. Very rough or high at first in North Channel, otherwise rough becoming moderate. Squally showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 6 to gale 8 backing westerly 4 or 5, then southwesterly 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8 later in north. Very rough or high becoming moderate or rough. Squally showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, then decreasing 4 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first near Tiree. Rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Northwest 6 to gale 8 backing west 4 or 5, then southwest 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough. Squally showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor becoming moderate or good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Northwest 6 to gale 8 backing west 4 or 5, then southwest 6 to gale 8 later. Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough. Squally showers then fair, then rain later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough near Sutherland, otherwise rough or very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor becoming moderate or good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northwest gale 8 or severe gale 9 decreasing 5 to 7, then backing west 3 or 4, then backing south 6 or 7 later. Very rough or high at first in south and west, otherwise rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 or gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 after midnight and 4 or 5 by midday, backing west in the afternoon. Rough or very rough, decreasing rather rough or rough overnight and moderate or rather rough later. Risk of a shower at first. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly Thursday morning, locally 6 in the north at times. Moderate or rather rough, with swell. Fair, but soon becoming cloudy, risk of a little rain on Thursday. 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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