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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1200 on Sun 01 Mar 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 1200 on Sun 01 Mar 2015 UTC until 1200 on Mon 02 Mar 2015 UTC

General situation

A strong, cold, and showery mainly westerly airflow will affect all areas and persist for a few days.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: West 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, but rough or very rough in north. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, but rough or very rough in north. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: West 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Squally showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: West 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough. Squally showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time in south. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time in east. Moderate or rough. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, but rough or very rough south and west of the Lizard. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, but very rough occasionally high for a time in west. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west or northwest, 6 to gale 8 increasing severe gale 9 at times. Moderate or rough in east, rough or very rough in west. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Moderate or rough in east, rough or very rough in west. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 6 to gale 8 occasionally severe gale 9 for a time in south. Moderate or rough. Rain then squally showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 to 7 increasing gale 8 at times. Slight in good shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Squally showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Slight in good shelter otherwise moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough in southeast, but rough or very rough in north. Squally showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough in southeast, but rough or very rough in north. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough in south, rough or very rough in north. Squally showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough in south, rough or very rough in north. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Westerly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough in far south. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, but very rough in far north and far south. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Westerly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Very rough or high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Very rough or high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 6 to gale 8 backing west or southwest 5 to 7 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southwest to west 4 to 5, locally 6 in the north, more generally 5 to 6 by evening, and 7 gusting 45 knots in the north, veering west overnight. Rather rough to rough, locally very rough overnight. Isolated showers, becoming more frequent for a time this evening, with a risk of hail and thunder. Moderate to good, locally poor overnight.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 5 to 6, locally 7 near showers with gusts to 45 knots, backing southwest overnight. Rough, decreasing rather rough to rough. Isolated showers, with the risk of hail and thunder, becoming more frequent for a time overnight. Mainly good.

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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