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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Fri 22 Aug 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Fri 22 Aug 2014 UTC until 0000 on Sat 23 Aug 2014 UTC

General situation

Low pressure near eastern Scotland will move away slowly northeastwards towards Scandinavia during the next couple of days, with a ridge of high pressure following.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times in northwest and in Moray Firth. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Westerly at first in south, otherwise northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, backing west or northwest 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, veering northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, veering northwest 4 or 5, then backing west 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 3 or 4, veering northwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 4 or 5, then becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate, becoming slight. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5. Mainly slight. Showers. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough, becoming slight later. Showers, thundery for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5. Mainly slight. Showers, fair later. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 or 6, veering west or northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers, thundery for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 4 or 5. Mainly slight. Showers, fair later. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Westerly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in east, becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Mainly slight. Showers, fair later. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: West veering northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, backing west 2 or 3 later. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers, fair later. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Showers, fair later. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times later. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers, fair later. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate becoming slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in North Channel. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 later. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers, fair later. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in North Channel. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 later. Slight, occasionally moderate in North Channel. Showers, fair later. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Slight or moderate. Showers, fair later. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest, 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4 later. Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5. Moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest, 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4 later. Mainly moderate. Showers. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west, backing northerly, then northwesterly later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southwest to west 4 to 5, soon increasing 5 to 6, veering west to northwest in the morning and decreasing mainly 4. Moderate, perhaps locally rather rough for a time overnight. Scattered showers, dying out early afternoon. Very good, locally moderate in showers.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 3 to 4. Mainly moderate, decreasing slight overnight. Isolated showers in the morning. Good, locally moderate in showers.

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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