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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Thu 02 Jul 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Thu 02 Jul 2015 UTC until 0000 on Fri 03 Jul 2015 UTC

General situation

The hot southerly or southeasterly airflow currently affecting much of the United Kingdom will move away eastwards tonight and will be replaced by a warm southerly or southwesterly airflow. Scattered thunderstorms will continue to move northwards across the country.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southeast 5 or 6, becoming variable, then northwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 for a time. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches later in north. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly northwest at first, 3 or 4, becoming east 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers at first, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3, then southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3, then east 3 or 4 later. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering southwest, becoming variable for a time, 3 or 4. Moderate becoming slight. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest backing east, 3 or 4. Slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast 4 or 5, veering southwest, becoming variable for a time later, 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering northwest, then veering east later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight. Mainly fair, thundery showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly 4 or 5 at first in north, otherwise southwesterly, becoming variable for a time later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly veering northeasterly, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Mainly fair, thundery showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly, becoming cyclonic for a time, 4 or 5. Slight. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 3 or 4, veering northeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West or southwest, becoming cyclonic for a time, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 later. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West veering east, 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later. Thundery showers and fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southwest, becoming cyclonic for a time, then backing south later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later in east. Thundery showers and fog patches until later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 3 or 4, backing east or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first in east. Thundery showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly southwest backing south, 3 or 4, becoming west 5 for a time in Bristol Channel. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers until later, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 3 or 4, backing east or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Thundery showers later. Good, occasionally poor later.

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

24 hour forecast: South or southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Thundery showers and fog patches until later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 3 or 4, backing east or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Thundery showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in north. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, then backing east 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Thundery showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast 4 or 5, backing east or southeast 3 or 4. Slight. Thundery showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4 in northwest, otherwise southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in south. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable at first in northwest, otherwise southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable mainly southerly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in North Channel. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in North Channel. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly southerly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 except in Firth of Clyde, then becoming easterly 4 or 5 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southeasterly 3 or 4 later. Slight, occasionally moderate at first in northwest. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 in south and west, then backing easterly 5 or 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate in west. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly southwest, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming east or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 at times later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly southwest, 3 or 4. Moderate, becoming slight. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming east or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 at times later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly 5 or 6, veering southeasterly, then becoming variable later, 3 or 4. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later in west. Thundery showers, fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, but becoming very poor at times later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Variable 1 to 3, becoming southerly 2 to 4 by dawn, then variable 1 to 3 again by mid morning, becoming mainly northwest from late afternoon. Slight. Fog patches and scattered thundery showers, clearing from the west during the afternoon. Moderate to very poor, becoming mainly good during the afternoon.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 1 to 3, locally northwest in the north at first, becoming easterly 3 to 4 around dawn, occasionally 5 by midday, veering southeast to south 2 to 3 in the evening. Slight, perhaps moderate for a time in the afternoon, with a low swell. Some fog patches from early morning isolated thundery showers developing by afternoon. Moderate to good, locally very poor in fog.

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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