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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0600 on Thu 02 Oct 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0600 on Thu 02 Oct 2014 UTC until 0600 on Fri 03 Oct 2014 UTC

General situation

High pressure across the United Kingdom will decline as an active cold front reaching the northwest of Scotland this evening will move erratically southeastwards during Friday and Friday night bringing heavy rain and in the northwest, gales or severe gales for a time.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7, backing southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time in north. Rough or very rough in north, slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in east. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later. Rough or very rough in north, moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate in east. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, becoming variable, mainly westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight, becoming mainly moderate later. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South, becoming cyclonic later, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Fair then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Variable, becoming southerly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 5 or 6 later. Slight, becoming moderate later. Fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southwesterly 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later. Slight, becoming moderate later. Fair. Moderate or good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southwest 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Moderate or rough in far west, otherwise slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, veering northwest later. Slight at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough. Rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate or rough in far southwest, otherwise slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering northwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough. Fair, then occasional rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight becoming moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest, veering northwest later 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough. Fair then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight becoming moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, becoming variable 3 or 4, then northwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later. Fair then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 2 or 3, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Fair then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, backing south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later, then veering southwest 5 or 6 later. Smooth or slight at first in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far north. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later. Rain, showers later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later, then veering southwesterly 5 or 6 later. Slight at first in south, otherwise moderate or rough. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later. Rain, showers later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, backing south for a time,6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in northwest. Occasional rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain, showers later. Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: South 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 for a time, veering southwest 5 to 7 later. Moderate in shelter, otherwise rough or very rough. Showers then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 4 later. Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough, and slight in shelter. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: South 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 for a time, veering southwest 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high. Showers then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 4 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, veering southwesterly later in west. Very rough or high, occasionally rough at first in east. Showers at first, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Variable 1 to 3, becoming southwesterly late this evening. Smooth or slight. Mist or fog patches, slowly clearing in places. Locally poor or very poor, otherwise moderate to good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 1 to 3, backing southeast for a time, then veering southwest late evening and increasing 4 to 5, perhaps locally 6 by morning. Smooth or slight with a low swell, becoming moderate later, rather rough in the north. Mist or fog patches, clearing in the evening, outbreaks of rain by Saturday morning. Locally poor or very poor, otherwise moderate to good.

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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