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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0600 UTC on Tuesday 3 May 2016

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0600 UTC Tuesday 3 May to 0600 UTC Wednesday 4 May 2016

General situation

An area of high pressure will move northeastwards close to southern England, and will bring quiet conditions to the southeastern half of the United Kingdom. However, low pressure moving northwards towards Iceland will keep northwestern areas more unsettled and at times windy.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly backing southerly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north, but decreasing 4 at times in east. Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in north, becoming very rough for a time in far north. Showers, occasional drizzle later in north. Good, occasional moderate in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northwest. Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later, in north. Occasional rain, mainly in north. Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: West or southwest backing south later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight for a time. Showers, fair later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Mainly good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: West backing south later 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Showers for a time. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later. Fair. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 or less, backing south later. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Showers for a time. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 3 or less, increasing 4 or 5. Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate for a time. Fair. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less later. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 3 or less later. Slight, occasionally moderate, becoming smooth or slight later. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 3 or less later. Slight occasionally moderate, becoming smooth or slight later. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Northwest becoming variable then south later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Moderate, occasionally rough in far west, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly south or southeast, 3 or 4. Smooth for a time in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming rough in far west. Fair. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Northwest backing south later, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: West backing south later 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: West backing south later, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers, fair later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough for a time in north and in west. Occasional drizzle in north. Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5, then backing south or southwest later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6. Mainly moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: West backing south later, 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in north. Showers, fair later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7. Slight or moderate early and later in east, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly backing southerly later, 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers, fair later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West backing south later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers then fair, occasional drizzle later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough, and high later in northwest. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: West backing south later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight at times in central areas, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south. Showers, rain or drizzle later. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough and very rough at times in south and in far north. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: West backing south later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in west. Showers, rain or drizzle later. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in west. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 to 4, decreasing 2 to 3 by midday, backing west 3 to 4 jersey northwards during the afternoon, becoming variable 1 to 3 by midnight, then southeast 3 to 4 by dawn. Slight. Mist patches near French coasts by dawn on Wednesday. Good, locally moderate on Wednesday, perhaps poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 2 to 4, backing east to northeast in the afternoon. Slight with a decreasing swell. Mist patches near French coasts quickly clearing. Good, locally moderate to poor at first.

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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