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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Sat 20 Dec 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Sat 20 Dec 2014 UTC until 0000 on Sun 21 Dec 2014 UTC

General situation

Gales or severe gales affecting northern waters at first will decrease, as a ridge of high pressure moves eastwards across the United Kingdom on Saturday. The next Atlantic frontal system will then follow from the west during Saturday night and into Sunday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later, then backing southwest later. Rough or very rough, but high or very high for a time in far north, becoming moderate later in south. Squally showers, rain later. Good becoming moderate, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west later, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, but very rough in north. Occasional rain, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: West, veering northwest, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, backing southwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, but very rough at first near Rattray Head. Squally showers then fair, occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west later, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, but rough in far north. Rain at times. Moderate or good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: West, veering northwest for a time, 6 to gale 8, then decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first. Moderate. Fair then rain at times. Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Westerly, veering northwesterly for a time, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first. Moderate. Fair then rain at times. Moderate or good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly, veering northwesterly for a time, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Mainly slight near shore in south, otherwise moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, perhaps gale 8 later. Mainly slight near shore in south, otherwise moderate or rough. Fair then rain at times. Moderate or good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 4, backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Fair then rain and drizzle. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4, backing southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Fair then showers, rain and drizzle later. Good becoming moderate or poor later.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Showers for a time. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Showers then occasional rain or drizzle. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate in east, rough in west. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west. Fair then rain or drizzle. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Fair then rain or drizzle. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: West, veering northwest, 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 or 6 later. Slight in good shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Fair then rain or drizzle. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 7 or gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6, then backing southwest later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: West, veering northwest, 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 or 6. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough or high in far north. Showers, squally at first, drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west later, 5 to 7. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: West, veering northwest, 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 or 6. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough in far northwest. Showers, squally at first, drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west later, 5 to 7. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwest 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate in shelter otherwise rough or very rough, but high at first in west. Squally showers then fair, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west later, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough in shelter, otherwise high becoming very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: West, veering northwest, 7 to severe gale 9, then backing southwest 6 to gale 8 later. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough or high in far south and far north. Squally showers then fair, rain and drizzle later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough in far south and far north. Occasional rain then squally showers. Moderate or good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: West, veering northwest, 7 to severe gale 9, then backing southwest 6 to gale 8 later. High, occasionally very high at first, becoming very rough later. Squally showers then fair, rain and drizzle later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Very rough. Occasional rain then squally showers. Moderate or good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: West, veering northwest, 7 to severe gale 9, then backing southwest 4 or 5 later. High becoming very rough, but moderate or rough in east. Squally wintry showers, thundery at first. Good, occasionally poor in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northwest to west 4 to 5, occasionally 6 in the north during the morning, decreasing 3 to 4 during the evening. Moderate to rather rough, locally rough in the morning. Isolated showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest to west 3 to 4, soon increasing 5 to 6, backing southwest in the morning. Moderate locally rather rough, increasing rough in the north and west. Patchy light rain or drizzle. Good locally moderate to poor.

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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