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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 1200 UTC on Saturday 25 February 2017

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 1200 UTC Saturday 25 February to 1200 UTC Sunday 26 February 2017

General situation

A very strong, mild and very unsettled southwesterly airflow will continue to affect the United Kingdom during today and into Sunday. Thereafter, a cold front will swing southeastwards on Sunday, bringing colder conditions to all areas.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: West backing south later, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough in east, rough or very rough in north. Showers, rain later. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering southwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times. Slight or moderate in east, rough or very rough in north. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight at times in shelter. Rain later. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time. Occasional rain then mainly fair. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Moderate, occasionally slight in shelter. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate, becoming slight in shelter. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time. Slight or moderate. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in far west. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering west later, 6 to gale 8. Very rough, occasionally high later in far west, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering west later, 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later in west. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7. Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough. Rain then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first and later, becoming variable 4 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough for a time. Rain then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 3 or 4 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Occasional rain or drizzle, fair for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough, becoming moderate later. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: West 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Occasional rain, showers for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later in north. Rain then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly 4 or 5, backing southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Occasional rain, showers for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time later. Moderate or rough in southeast, rough or very rough in northwest. Showers, rain for a time later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in northwest. Rain then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: West 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8, then veering southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate at times in central areas, otherwise moderate or rough and very rough at times in far north and in far south. Showers, rain for a time later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest backing southeast for a time, then becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate at times in central areas, otherwise moderate or rough and very rough at times in far north and in far south. Wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: West 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8, then veering southwest 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough. Showers, rain for a time later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest backing southeast for a time, then becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Rough or very rough, becoming high later in southwest. Wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: West backing south later, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time. Moderate at times in sheltered east, otherwise rough or very rough. Showers, rain later. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southwest to south 5 to 6, occasionally 4 in the southeast, occasionally 7 in the north by late afternoon, decreasing 4 to 5 for a time around dawn. Moderate to rather rough, becoming rough in the north at times. Patchy light rain or drizzle spreading from the west this evening, clearing around mid-morning. Good, becoming moderate to poor in rain and drizzle.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 6, increasing 6 to 7 by evening, perhaps locally gale 8 in the north, veering westerly on Monday with gusts to 45kt. Moderate to rather rough with swell, occasionally rough in the north, generally increasing rough to very rough on Monday. Rain by late evening clearing before dawn rain or hail showers by mid-morning. Moderate to good, occasionally 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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