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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1800 on Mon 02 Mar 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 1800 on Mon 02 Mar 2015 UTC until 1800 on Tue 03 Mar 2015 UTC

General situation

A cold and showery westerly airflow will affect most areas through Monday and Tuesday. A ridge of high pressure will build from the southwest on Wednesday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight in shelter at first, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough north and west of Orkney. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, but very rough until later north and west of Orkney. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, veering west 4 or 5 later. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough. Wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight near shore, otherwise moderate. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west, 5 to 7, veering northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight near shore, otherwise moderate. Wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west, 5 to 7, veering northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate. Squally wintry showers at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate. Squally wintry showers at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Squally wintry showers at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough. Squally wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: West 6 to gale 8. Slight in sheltered east, otherwise moderate or rough, and very rough in far west. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight in sheltered east, otherwise moderate or rough, and very rough in far west. Squally wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: West 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate in east, rough or very rough in west. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 4 or 5 later. Very rough becoming rough in west, slight or moderate in east. Squally wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or slight or moderate. Squally wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight for a time. Squally wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west or northwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Mainly good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in north. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough becoming high in northwest. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly, veering westerly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north, then decreasing 5 or 6 later. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough, and very rough or high in northwest. Squally wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly, backing southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, veering northwesterly 6 to gale 8. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time in far northwest. Squally wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Slight or moderate in shelter, otherwise rough or very rough, becoming high or very high. Squally wintry showers. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 7 to severe gale 9, veering northwest 5 or 6, then backing southwest later. Moderate in shelter, otherwise high or very high, becoming rough or very rough. Squally wintry showers, occasional rain later. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, then veering northwest later. Very rough in far north and far south, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Squally wintry showers. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing southwest 5 to 7. Rough or very rough in far north and far south, otherwise slight or moderate. Squally wintry showers, occasional rain later. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, then veering northwest later. Rough or very rough, becoming high or very high. Squally wintry showers. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing southwest 5 to 7. High or very high, becoming rough or very rough. Squally wintry showers, occasional rain later. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 4 or 5 later. Moderate in sheltered east, otherwise rough becoming very rough. Wintry showers until later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: West 5 to 6, occasionally 7 with gusts to 50kt, especially near showers, backing southwest for a time overnight. Rather rough to rough becoming moderate for a time in the south overnight. Scattered rain or hail showers risk of thunder. Good except in showers.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 6 with gusts to 40kt, veering northwest overnight, decreasing 4 to 5 Wednesday morning, further veering northerly by evening. Rather rough to rough becoming moderate with swell. Isolated rain or hail showers overnight. Good except in showers.

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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