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yellow Warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom

Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0600 UTC on Friday 12 February 2016

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0600 UTC Friday 12 February to 0600 UTC Saturday 13 February 2016

General situation

A developing area of low pressure will move southeastwards across the Celtic Sea and the western half of the English Channel during Friday. Another developing area of low pressure will move eastwards across southern areas during Saturday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: East 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough. Rain or wintry showers then fair. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East backing northeast 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Moderate or rough in north, slight or moderate in south. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4 at first in south, otherwise easterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East 5 to 7 backing northeast 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less becoming east 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Moderate. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 2 at first, increasing 5 at times later. Moderate in north, slight or moderate in south. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast backing east 4 or 5, then backing northeast 5 or 6 later. Moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or southeasterly backing northeasterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Showers, then rain for a time in south. Good, occasionally moderate in south.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly, backing easterly for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly backing northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east. Moderate, occasionally rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East backing northeast 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic 5 or 6 becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming east or southeast 5 or 6 later. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough in west. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly 5 or 6 becoming variable mainly northeasterly 3 or 4, then becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 later in far west. Moderate or rough, but very rough or high for a time in west. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 5 or 6 decreasing 3 or 4. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough for a time. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, increasing 6 at times later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later near Pembrokeshire. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough in south, slight or moderate in north. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East 5 or 6 backing northeast 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first, increasing 7 at times later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or southeast backing northeast, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first. Showers later. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 except in Firth of Clyde. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate in North Channel.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East backing northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: East 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Showers in south, fair in north. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East backing northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in south. Mainly fair. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly, 4 at first in south, otherwise 5 or 6, but occasionally 7 in north. Slight or moderate in south, moderate or rough in north. Showers, mainly in north. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East 5 or 6 backing northeast 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far south and far north. Showers, mainly in north. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly, 4 at first in south, otherwise 5 to 7, but occasionally gale 8 in north and west. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in far west. Showers, mainly in north. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in west, backing northeasterly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Showers, mainly in north. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 6 or 7 decreasing 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southeast 4 to 6, locally 7, soon becoming cyclonic variable, then north this afternoon, decreasing 2 to 4 in the evening, becoming southeast 4 to 6 overnight. Moderate to rather rough. Rain, heavy at times, becoming patchy during the morning, further rain, perhaps heavy overnight. Moderate or poor in rain, otherwise moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 4 to 6, perhaps locally 7, soon becoming cyclonic variable, then north in the afternoon, decreasing 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in the evening. Rather rough or rough, with heavy swell. Rain, heavy at times, becoming intermittent during the morning. Moderate or poor in rain, becoming good, occasionally moderate.

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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