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yellow Warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom

Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 1800 UTC on Monday 26 September 2016

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 1800 UTC Monday 26 September to 1800 UTC Tuesday 27 September 2016

General situation

An area of low pressure will move into Ireland, losing its identity, however it will bring rain to most areas, and fog patches to some western areas.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southerly, veering southwesterly later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in northwest, increasing 6 to gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later, occasionally very rough later in northwest. Showers, perhaps thundery at first, then occasional rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times, backing southerly 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in northwest. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southerly, veering southwesterly later, 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 for a time in south, increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming rough at times. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth. Occasional rain or showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first. Occasional rain at first. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first in east. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain at first. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers, fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in west, veering westerly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough, occasional slight in shelter mainly in east. Occasional rain or showers, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly, backing southwesterly later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west. Occasional rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: South 5 to 7, veering west or southwest 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally rough, but slight at times in Bristol Channel. Occasional rain or showers, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later, but slight at times in the Bristol Channel. Occasional rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, occasionally 3 at first in north, veering southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in south. Occasional rain or showers, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming south, veering west or southwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first. Occasional rain or showers, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming south, veering west or southwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain or showers later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southerly, veering westerly later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in far north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far north. Occasional rain or showers, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in far north, backing southwesterly 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough in north. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly, veering westerly later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, but smooth at first in the Firth of Clyde, occasionally rough later near Mull of Kintyre. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Mull of Kintyre. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: South, veering west later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in northwest. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: South, veering southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, then increasing gale 8 at times later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later, occasionally very rough later in south. Showers, perhaps thundery at first, then occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south and far north. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: South, veering southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, then increasing gale 8 at times later. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Showers, perhaps thundery at first, then occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Very rough or high, occasionally rough. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: South, veering southwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then increasing 6 to gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers, perhaps thundery at first, then occasional rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southerly 3 in the south to 5 in the north, increasing 5 to 6 by midnight, veering southwest to west Tuesday morning and decreasing 3 to 5, further decreasing 3 to 4 by evening. Slight to moderate, locally rather rough in the north and west by midnight. Occasional rain or drizzle. Risk of fog patches from dawn. Good, becoming moderate to poor in rain or drizzle and perhaps very poor by dawn.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West to northwest 3 to 4, backing southwest by Wednesday afternoon, locally 5 in the north by evening. Slight in the southeast to rather rough in the northwest, with a low swell. Occasional light rain or drizzle with a risk of mist or fog patches, clearing overnight. Moderate to poor, perhaps very poor, becoming good overnight.

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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