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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0600 on Sat 23 May 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 0600 on Sat 23 May 2015 UTC until 0600 on Sun 24 May 2015 UTC

General situation

A ridge of high pressure extends across the United Kingdom from the southwest, with weakening fronts moving southeastwards across the country.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Westerly 3 or 4, backing southerly 5 to 7, veering westerly later. Slight or moderate in southeast, moderate or rough in north. Rain later, then showers. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 for a time. Slight or moderate in southeast, moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough in north. Showers. Good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 5 or 6, veering westerly later. Slight or moderate. Rain later, then showers. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 or 6, veering southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly veering northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time in north. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 3 or 4, veering southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time in north. Mainly slight. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly veering southwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight occasionally moderate later. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate for a time.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northeasterly veering southerly later, 4 or 5 decreasing 3 at times. Mainly slight. Rain at first. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly veering southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 4 or 5. Mainly slight. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 4 or 5 for a time in east. Smoth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 4 or 5, veering northerly later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches until later, rain for a time later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Variable becoming west for a time, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or 4, becoming west 4 or 5, veering north later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches until later, rain for a time later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Variable mainly north or northwest, 3 or 4. Slight,. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming west 3 or 4, veering north 4 or 5 later. Slight, becoming moderate in west later. Occasional rain and fog patches until later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5 later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest veering northwest, 4 or 5. Slight, becoming moderate in far west later. Occasional rain and fog patches for a time. Moderate occasionally very poor, becoming good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5 later. Smooth or slight. Rain and fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering north or northwest, 4 or 5. Smooth or slight. Rain and fog patches for a time. Moderate occasionally very poor, becoming good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Northwest becoming variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5 later, then veering northwest. Smooth or slight. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest backing west later, 4 or 5 increasing 6 at times. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Northwest backing south or southwest, 2 or 3 increasing 4 or 5, veering west or northwest later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 4 or 5, veering northwest later. Smooth or slight in southeast, slight or moderate in north. Occasional rain, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 until later. Slight becoming moderate in southeast, moderate becoming rough in north. Showers. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 4 or 5, veering northwest later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate in north. Occasional rain, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 until later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in north later. Showers. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southwest 5 or 6, veering northwest later. Moderate. Occasional rain, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 later. Moderate becoming rough. Showers. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southerly, 3 or 4 increasing 5 to 7, veering westerly 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in north later. Occasional rain, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times in north, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in north for a time. Showers. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southerly, 3 or 4 increasing 5 to 7, veering westerly 5 or 6 later. Moderate becoming rough. Occasional rain, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times in north, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Rough becoming very rough for a time. Showers. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5, backing west 3 or 4, then south 5 to 7, veering west 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Fair then rain, showers later. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northerly 2 to 3, occasionally 4 in the afternoon, becoming variable late evening and westerly by dawn. Smooth or slight. Some mist and fog patches in the southeast at first, very soon clearing to become fair risk of mist and fog patches again after midnight. Moderate to very poor in the southeast at first, otherwise good, becoming moderate to poor again overnight.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 2 to 3, soon increasing 3 to 4, veering northwest Sunday night. Smooth or slight. Risk of mist and fog patches at first perhaps some drizzle and a risk of fog patches in the afternoon and evening, clearing around dawn on Monday. Moderate to good, occasionally poor or very 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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