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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Mon 24 Nov 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Mon 24 Nov 2014 UTC until 0000 on Tue 25 Nov 2014 UTC

General situation

An area of high pressure will move east across central and southern areas during Monday with a westerly flow affecting the north. The high will decline during Tuesday, allowing an area of low pressure to move north from France into southern areas during Wednesday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly backing southwesterly for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in east. Moderate or rough, but mainly slight inn Moray Firth. Showers, becoming fair for a time, then rain or showers later. Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 or 6, backing south or southeast 4 or 5. Moderate or rough in north, smooth or slight in east. Showers. Good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first near Rattray Head. Showers in north, otherwise fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Westerly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north. Slight, occasionally moderate in north. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: West 4 or 5, decreasing 3. Slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West becoming variable 3 or less, then becoming east or southeast 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3, becoming variable later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in east. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional rain later in south. Mainly good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northerly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first and later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeasterly veering easterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: North veering northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast veering east, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Fair, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Rough at first in far west, otherwise slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in west. Fair, then occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: North becoming variable, 3 or less, then becoming east or northeast 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in far east. Fair, fog patches for a time in far east. Good, occasionally very poor for a time in far east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in far southwest. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

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

24 hour forecast: West becoming variable, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far south later. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming east, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight, but moderate in south. Rain later in south. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight, occasionally smooth. Showers later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 4 or 5, veering north or northwest 2 or 3 later. Slight, becoming smooth or slight. Mainly fair, occasionally rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest veering southeast, 2 or 3, increasing 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Rain or drizzle at times. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Westerly backing southerly or southwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in northwest, then veering westerly 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in far north. Rain for a time later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming southeasterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, but smooth in south and east until later. Mainly fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly backing southwesterly for a time 4 or 5, occasionally 3 in the Firth of Clyde. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in the Firth of Clyde. Rain for a time later. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly becoming variable, then becoming southeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in North Channel later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in the Firth of Clyde. Fair. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West 4 or 5, backing south 5 to 7 for a time. Moderate or rough. Rain for a time later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, backing southeast 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 or 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly backing southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in south later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth north of skye. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 or 7 for a time. Rough, becoming moderate for a time. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest backing southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5, then backing west or southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in east. Showers at first, occasional rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: North to northeast 3 to 4, locally 5 south of jersey and mid channel, veering northeast to east 4 to 5 Monday afternoon, increasing 5 to 6 later. Slight becoming moderate. Fair, becoming cloudy Monday afternoon with rain in the evening. Good, locally moderate in rain later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast to east 5 to 6, veering east to southeast in the afternoon and decreasing 2 to 4 later. Slight to moderate, locally rather rough in the north and west for a time, with a low swell. Occasional rain some mist patches developing. Good becoming moderate to 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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