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yellow Warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom

Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 1200 UTC on Friday 24 February 2017

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 1200 UTC Friday 24 February to 1200 UTC Saturday 25 February 2017

General situation

A ridge of high pressure currently across the United Kingdom will collapse later today allowing a strengthening southwesterly airflow and Atlantic frontal systems to move eastwards through Friday night and into Saturday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4 becoming southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later near Cape Wrath, veering westerly 6 to gale 8 later in northwest. Slight in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, but occasionally very rough in north. Showers, fair for a time. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly at first in southeast, otherwise westerly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing southwesterly 4 or 5, then backing southerly 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, but occasionally very rough in north. Showers, occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Westerly 3 or 4, backing southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in north. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Fair, then occasional rain. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 4 or 5, then backing south 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fair for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 5 to 7. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5, then increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first. Rain at times, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly backing southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate. Showers, occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Rain at times, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Rain or drizzle for a time. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Northwest backing southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Rain or drizzle for a time. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle at first. Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later near St Davids Head. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later near St Davids Head. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 near St Davids Head, veering west 5 or 6 for a time. Rough or very rough in west, moderate or rough in east. Rain or drizzle at first. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

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

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west. Showers, rain or drizzle later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west. Rain or drizzle, becoming fair for a time. Moderate or poor, becoming good for a time.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair, then occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 to gale 8 veering west 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Occasional rain, becoming fair for a time. Moderate or poor, becoming good for a time.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers then rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Occasional rain or drizzle, becoming fair for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 3 or 4, backing southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later, then veering westerly 5 or 6 later in northwest. Slight or moderate at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 6 to gale 8 at first in southeast, otherwise westerly 4 or 5, backing southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time in east. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 3 or 4, backing southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later, then veering westerly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 4 or 5, backing southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time in north, then veering westerly 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high later in northwest. Rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing southwest 5 or 6, then backing south 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, but moderate in shelter. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time, then veering west 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough, then becoming rough or very rough later in south. Rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 or 5, then backing south 6 to gale 8 for a time later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight at times near skye. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time, then veering west 5 to 7 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 or 5, then backing south 6 to gale 8 for a time later. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southeast 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, then veering southwest later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Snow showers, rain for a time, then showers later. Good, occasionally poor, becoming moderate or poor for a time, then mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4, decreasing 2 to 3 in the afternoon, backing southwest this evening, increasing 4 to 5 overnight, occasionally 6 in the north and west. Slight, increasing moderate to rather rough by Saturday morning, locally rough in the north by noon. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in the north, veering west 4 to 5 overnight, backing southwest 5 to 6 Sunday morning. Moderate to rather rough, occasionally rough in the north. Occasional rain or drizzle from evening, clearing overnight risk of further rain later Sunday morning. Good, occasionally moderate to poor.

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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