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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Sun 31 May 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Sun 31 May 2015 UTC until 0000 on Mon 01 Jun 2015 UTC

General situation

Very deep areas of low pressure for late may and early june will bring a very disturbed and windy weather pattern for several days.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, veering westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 for a time in south. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Fair then occasional rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing southwesterly 5 or 6 later, then backing southerly 6 to gale 8 perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southerly 3 or 4, backing southeasterly 5 or 6, veering westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 for a time later in north. Slight, becoming moderate or rough later. Fair then occasional rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing southeasterly 5 or 6 later, then backing southerly 6 to gale 8 perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 5 or 6, veering west 6 or 7 later, perhaps gale 8. Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough later. Fair then occasional rain, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 or 5, backing south 6 to gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, veering westerly 5 to 7 later. Slight becoming moderate. Occasional rain, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 6 or 7 later, occasionally gale 8 in north. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate occasionally poor later.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, veering westerly or northwesterly later. Slight becoming moderate. Occasional rain, fair later. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 5 to 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5, veering southwesterly 6 or 7 occasionally gale 8 in east, veering northwesterly 5 or 6 later. Slight becoming moderate occasionally rough for a time. Occasional rain, fair later. Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 5 or 6, backing westerly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 or 6 later. Moderate. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate. Occasional rain, fair later. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 5 or 6, backing west 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7 later. Moderate, becoming rough later. Rain later. Good, becoming moderate occasionally poor later.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering northwest 5 to 7, backing west 4 or 5 later. Moderate. Occasional rain, fair later. Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 or 5, backing southwest 6 to gale 8 later. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Rain later. Good, becoming moderate occasionally poor later.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering northwest 5 to 7, backing west later. Moderate. Occasional rain, showers later. Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate becoming rough or very rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate occasionally poor later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly veering northwesterly 5 to 7, backing westerly later. Moderate. Occasional rain, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in north. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate occasionally poor later.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 5 to 7 perhaps gale 8 for a time later. Moderate. Occasional rain, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate becoming rough or very rough. Showers then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southeast 6 or 7, veering west 5 to 7. Moderate becoming occasionally rough. Rain, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 7, backing southwest 5, backing south 7 or gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9. Rough, occasionally moderate for a time. Showers then rain. Moderate or good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering west or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later, then veering west. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Showers then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly veering westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 to 7, backing southerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later, then veering westerly. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Showers then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast 5 to 7, veering northwest 6 to gale 8, backing west later. Moderate becoming rough or very rough. Rain, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southeast 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate, becoming rough in far north and far south. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southeast 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time in south, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight becoming moderate. Rain later. Good, becoming moderate occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southerly 5 to 6, veering southwest by dawn, further veering west to northwest around midday, decreasing 4 to 5 later. Slight to moderate, becoming moderate to rather rough by dawn, decreasing slight to moderate again in the evening. Occasional rain or drizzle, clearing during the afternoon. Moderate to poor in rain, becoming good in the afternoon.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest to west 4 to 5, backing west to southwest in the morning, decreasing 3 to 4 for a time, further backing southerly in the evening and increasing 5 to 6, perhaps 7 later. Slight to moderate with swell, increasing moderate in the south to rough in the north during the evening. Isolated showers. Good, locally moderate 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.

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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