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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1800 on Sun 02 Aug 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 1800 on Sun 02 Aug 2015 UTC until 1800 on Mon 03 Aug 2015 UTC

General situation

A deep area of low pressure becoming slow moving to the west of the British Isles, will bring unsettled and windy conditions, particularly to the north and west.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 for a time, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time. Occasional rain, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 4, becoming southeast 5 to 7, veering south later. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Fair then occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southeast 5 or 6, veering south 4 or 5 later. Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough for a time later in far northeast. Occasional rain, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair then occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southeast 5 or 6, veering south or southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers for a time. Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, veering south or southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, veering southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly veering southwesterly, 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in Lyme bay. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, but mainly 4 at first. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly veering southwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times in east. Slight or moderate, but mainly rough in far west. Showers for a time. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, but very rough in far west. Mainly fair. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly veering southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in west, but decreasing 4 at times in east. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in west. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Fair, then rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in south, veering southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough for a time. Fair then rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering south or southwest later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in north. Occasional rain, fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Slight in Liverpool Bay, otherwise moderate or rough. Fair, then rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly veering southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, backing southerly 6 or 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later in west. Occasional rain, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 for a time in west, veering southwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming moderate. Fair then showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering south later, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Occasional rain, mainly fair later. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering southwest later, 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

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

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly veering southerly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in North Channel. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later in North Channel. Occasional rain, fair later. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly veering southwesterly later, 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering south for a time, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, and very rough later in northwest. Occasional rain, mainly fair later. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast veering southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough in south, otherwise rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly, veering southerly for a time, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times in north. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in south, occasionally very rough later in far south. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly veering southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south, but decreasing 4 at times in north. Moderate or rough, but rough or very rough in south. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly, veering southerly for a time, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times in north. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, except near Sutherland and very rough later in southwest. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly veering southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south, but decreasing 4 at times in north. Mainly moderate near Sutherland, otherwise rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, backing east 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southeast to south 2 to 4, soon veering south to southwest, increasing 4 to 5 by midnight, perhaps locally 6 mid-channel, decreasing 1 to 3 by midday and becoming variable or westerly in the afternoon. Slight, locally moderate in the north for a time overnight. Risk of patchy light rain or drizzle on Monday. Good, occasionally moderate to poor in any rain or drizzle.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 1 to 3, soon becoming west to southwest 4 to 5, locally 6 mid-channel, decreasing 3 to 4 by Monday evening. Slight increasing moderate to rather rough by Tuesday morning, with swell, locally rough for a time mid-channel. Some patchy light rain or drizzle Monday evening and in the north at times on Tuesday. Good, occasionally moderate to poor in rain or drizzle.

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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