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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1200 on Tue 29 Jul 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 1200 on Tue 29 Jul 2014 UTC until 1200 on Wed 30 Jul 2014 UTC

General situation

A broad ridge of high pressure, extending across England and Wales from the southwest, will slowly move southwards. Low pressure will become centred just north of Shetland by midday Wednesday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwest, veering west, 5 or 6, but 4 at first in the Moray Firth. Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very in north. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 5 or 6, veering north 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Showers. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: West 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Showers later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming west 4 or 5. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West, backing southwest, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Smooth or slight. Fair then showers. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northerly, backing northwesterly, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Smooth or slight. Showers, then fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly, backing southwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly, backing westerly for a time, 3 or 4, increasing 5 for a time. Slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: North or northwest, backing west for a time, 3 or 4, increasing 5 for a time. Slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5. Slight. Fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 for a time. Slight, occasionally moderate in far west. Showers at first in west. Good, occasionally moderate in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest, backing southwest, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate in far west. Showers later. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Northwest, backing west, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight. Showers at first. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first. Slight. Showers later. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Smooth or slight. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5. Slight. Fair. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 or 4, backing west or southwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate. Showers, rain at first in south. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West, backing southwest, 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate. Showers, rain for a time later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Northwest, backing west, 3 or 4, then backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight or moderate, but rough for a time in far north. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly, backing southwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north. Slight or moderate. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Slight or moderate, but rough for a time near the Mull of Kintyre. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly, backing southwesterly, 4 or 5. Slight occasionally moderate. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West, becoming cyclonic, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Westerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north and in far south. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6, decreasing 4 or 5, then veering north or northeast 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in far north. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Westerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 for a time. Rough, but very rough for a time in north. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6, decreasing 4 or 5, then veering north or northeast 3 or 4 later. Rough becoming moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northwest to north 3 to 4, backing northwest to west for a time late afternoon. Mainly slight. Fair to cloudy. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North to northwest 2 to 4, decreasing 2 to 3 and backing northwest to west in the evening, further backing west to southwest midday Thursday. Mainly slight. Fair to 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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