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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Mon 06 Jul 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Mon 06 Jul 2015 UTC until 0000 on Tue 07 Jul 2015 UTC

General situation

An anticyclone will develop across northern France by Monday morning, moving into southern Germany by the end of the day. A complex area of low pressure will remain slow moving over the eastern Atlantic.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 at first near Rattray Head, otherwise variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 5 for a time near Orkney, then east 4 or 5 later except near Orkney. Slight, becoming moderate for a time later in northeast Orkney. Fog patches at first, showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 later. Slight becoming moderate. Rain at times, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly, occasionally northwesterly, backing southerly or southeasterly, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Slight. Thundery rain and fog patches later in south. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, becoming southwesterly 5 or 6 for a time later in south, then northwesterly 5 or 6 in north. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Rain at times, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwest backing south 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Slight. Thundery rain and fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering west 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Slight. Thundery rain and fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest, backing south later, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Slight. Thundery showers and fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering west 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight. Thundery rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 4 or 5, veering westerly 5 or 6. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in south. Thundery rain and fog patches for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 later. Slight, occasionally smooth later. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwesterly 5 to 7. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate or rough. Thundery rain and fog patches for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Westerly, backing southerly or southeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in west. Slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 4 or 5, veering westerly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Thundery rain and fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southwest, backing south for a time, 4, increasing 5 to 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west. Rain and fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, veering west 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain and fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southwest, backing south for a time, 4, increasing 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west. Rain and fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, veering west 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor at first.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly, backing southerly or southeasterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west. Rain and fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 in south. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in south. Squally showers. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south, backing south or southeast 5 or 6. Slight, becoming moderate later in north. Rain, fog patches later. Moderate good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain then squally showers. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: South or southwest, backing southeast for a time, 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7. Slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain for a time later. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest, veering west later, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Moderate or good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Rain, fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly veering southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times in south, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Squally showers. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Rain and fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly veering southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south, becoming variable 3 or less later. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth in shelter. Squally showers. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time later. Slight, becoming moderate later. Rain and fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly veering southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, becoming variable 3 or less for a time, then becoming northerly 5 or 6 later near Ardnamurchan Point. Slight or moderate. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in far south and far north. Rain later in south. Good, occasionally poor later in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time in south. Slight becoming moderate. Rain at times. Good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Rain later in south. Good, occasionally poor later in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time in south. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain at times. Good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, becoming variable 3 later in southwest. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in northwest. Rain at times, fog patches until later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: West 3 to 4, occasionally 2, backing southerly around dawn, further backing southeast to east by midday, veering south to southwest in the evening and increasing 4 to 5. Slight, occasionally moderate Monday evening. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South to southwest 4 to 5, veering west mid morning, occasionally 6 by midday. Slight to moderate with a low swell, becoming moderate to rather rough by afternoon, perhaps rough in the north Tuesday evening. Occasional rain by dawn, with a risk of thunder, clearing during the afternoon. Good, becoming moderate to poor in rain.

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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