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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1200 on Sun 21 Sep 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 1200 on Sun 21 Sep 2014 UTC until 1200 on Mon 22 Sep 2014 UTC

General situation

High centred over western Scotland will move southwards to be centred over southwest England by midday Monday. The high then dissipating, to allow a westerly flow to develop across the British Isles on Tuesday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3, then southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Fair, but rain later in far northwest. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first near Cape Wrath, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3, then southwest 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight. Fair at first, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5, backing west 3 or 4, then becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Moderate. Showers at first in south. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, becoming southwest 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: North 5 or 6, backing northwest 4 or 5, then becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate. Showers at first. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, becoming southwest 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northerly 5 or 6, backing northwesterly 4 or 5. Moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly becoming variable, then southwesterly later, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, backing northwesterly 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers at first in east. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 or 3. Moderate at first near North Foreland, otherwise smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Northeast 4 or 5, backing north 3 or 4, then becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, occasionally 4 at first. Smooth or slight, but slight or moderate in far west. Fair. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3. Slight, occasionally moderate in west. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, occasionally 4 at first. Slight, occasionally smooth in east. Fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, occasionally 4 at first. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north. Slight. Occasional drizzle later in north. Good, becoming moderate later in north.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming southwest 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5. Slight. Occasional rain later. Good, becoming moderate later.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming southwest 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 3 or 4. Slight. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming south or southwest 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later in far north. Fair at first, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming south or southwest 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Fair at first, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming south or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate in west. Occasional drizzle later in north. Good, becoming moderate later in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 4 or 5, becoming west or northwest 3 or 4 later. Moderate, occasionally slight in east. Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later. Good, occasionally moderate.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming south 3 or 4, then veering southwest 5 or 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Rain later. Good, becoming moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Rain at first, then showers. Moderate, becoming good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming south 3 or 4, then veering southwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate. Rain later. Good, becoming moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain at first, then showers. Moderate, becoming good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southerly 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northeast to east 4 to 5, locally 6 in the north at first, decreasing 3 to 4 overnight. Moderate becoming slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast to east 3 to 4, increasing 4 to 5 Monday evening, decreasing 2 to 3 Tuesday morning. Slight, locally moderate in the north and west for a time overnight. Fair. 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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