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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0600 on Sat 25 Oct 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0600 on Sat 25 Oct 2014 UTC until 0600 on Sun 26 Oct 2014 UTC

General situation

A strong and mild southwesterly flow of air will affect the British Isles throughout, between low pressure centred near Iceland and high pressure over the near Continent. The winds strongest towards the north, with stormy conditions for a time in the far north later on Saturday and at first on Sunday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 or storm 10 later in north. Moderate or rough in south, but rough or very rough in north, becoming high later in far northwest. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in north, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, then southwesterly 4 or 5 later. High at first in far northwest, otherwise rough or very rough in north, moderate or rough in south. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in north.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 7 or gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Slight or moderate. Fair at first, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in north. Slight, occasionally moderate later in north. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time in Strait of Dover. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Westerly backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, but rough near Isles of Scilly. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, and occasionally 6 later in far west. Rough in far west, otherwise mainly moderate. Occasional drizzle in west. Good, occasionally moderate in west.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 in east. Moderate, becoming rough in west. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 in east. Rough in west, but slight or moderate in east. Occasional drizzle in west. Good, occasionally moderate in west.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in north. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 or 7. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 or 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in far north. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough, but very rough in far north. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later near Mull of Kintyre. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first near Mull of Kintyre. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, becoming high in west. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. High at first in west, otherwise rough or very rough. Rain at times. Moderate, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later. Rough or very rough. Rain at times. Moderate, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest gale 8 to storm 10, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, then becoming southwesterly later. Rough or very rough. Rain at times. Moderate, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later. Very rough or high, becoming very high later to northwest of Lewis. Rain at times. Moderate, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest gale 8 to storm 10, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, then becoming southwesterly later. Very high at first to northwest of Lewis, otherwise very rough or high. Rain at times. Moderate, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later. Rough or very rough, becoming high later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: West to northwest 2 to 4, backing west to southwest overnight. Mainly slight. Risk of showers until mid-afternoon. Good, locally moderate in any showers.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, 2 in the south to 5 in the north, perhaps locally 6 until midday, backing south Sunday evening and decreasing 2 to 4. Slight in the south to moderate in the north, with a low swell. Mainly cloudy. 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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