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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1200 on Fri 27 Mar 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 1200 on Fri 27 Mar 2015 UTC until 1200 on Sat 28 Mar 2015 UTC

General situation

A deepening area of low pressure over the mid Atlantic will move northeastwards passing just to the northwest of Scotland, bringing unsettled weather with gales to affecting areas during the weekend.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, backing southeast 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 for a time. Slight in east for a time, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Showers then rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 for a time, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwest backing southeast for a time, 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Slight becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers, rain for a time later. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6. Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Westerly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering southwesterly later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain for a time later. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 in north at first, decreasing 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Showers, then occasional rain. Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: West backing south 3 or 4, increasing 6 or 7, veering southwest later. Slight or moderate. Rain for a time later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Showers, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly backing southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, veering southwesterly later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in south. Showers, occasional rain later. Moderate or good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly backing southerly 3 or 4, veering southwesterly 5 to 7. Slight becoming moderate. Occasional rain with fog patches later. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain at first and later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Southwest backing south 3 or 4, veering southwest 5 to 7. Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches developing. Good, becoming moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain at first and later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first and later.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 3 or 4, veering southwest 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high in far west later. Mainly fair, then occasional rain. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southeast 4 or 5, veering southwest 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west later. Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in west later. Showers, then occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, veering southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south later. Occasional rain with fog patches for a time, showers later. Moderate or good, becoming poor or very poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south. Showers, then occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwest backing southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, then veering southwest 6 to gale 8. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate or rough. Fair then rain for a time, showers later. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor for a time.

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

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southwest 3 or 4, backing southeast 4 or 5, veering south or southwest 6 to gale 8, then veering west later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough later. Fair then occasional rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 5 or 6 for a time. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, backing southeast 6 to gale 8, then veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north later. Mainly fair then rain, showers later. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north at first. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 6 to gale 8, then veering southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 later. Slight, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Mull of Kintyre later. Mainly fair then rain, showers later. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north at first, decreasing 5 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Mull of Kintyre at first. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 or 6, backing southeasterly 6 to gale 8, then veering westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high. Showers, rain for a time. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, becoming variable 4 for a time in north. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, backing southeast 6 to gale 8, then veering west or southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers, then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time. Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, backing southeast 6 to gale 8, then veering west or southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later. Rough, becoming very rough or high. Showers, then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time. Very rough or high, becoming rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, backing southeast 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough becoming very rough, but moderate in east for a time. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southwest 3 to 4, backing southerly during the afternoon and increasing 4 to 5 by late afternoon, veering southwest to west late evening and increasing 5 to 6 around dawn, locally 7 in the north later. Slight becoming moderate tonight, then moderate to rather rough in the morning, locally rough in the north later. Occasional rain or drizzle with fog patches from this evening. Moderate to very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West to southwest 5 to 6, locally 7 in the north of the area at first, increasing 6 to 7 Sunday morning, locally gale 8 in the north. Moderate to rough, becoming rough to very rough later. Occasional light rain or drizzle risk of fog patches at times. Moderate to poor, perhaps very 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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