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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1200 on Sat 20 Sep 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 1200 on Sat 20 Sep 2014 UTC until 1200 on Sun 21 Sep 2014 UTC

General situation

A weak cold front over the borders will move south to clear the south coast during Sunday morning with much clearer and fresher conditions spreading to all parts.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north and east, becoming variable 2 or 3 later in west. Slight or moderate, but smooth or slight in inner Moray Firth. Showers, becoming fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 3 or 4 at first in east, otherwise variable 2 or 3, becoming southerly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in northwest. Slight or moderate, but smooth or slight in inner Moray Firth. Fair. Good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near Rattray Head, but mainly variable 3 or 4 in south. Slight or moderate. Showers becoming fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3, then becoming southwest 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Fair. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 5 at times. Slight becoming moderate. Showers becoming fair. Good, occasionally poor at first in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less. Moderate, becoming slight later in north. Fair. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight becoming moderate. Showers, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4. Moderate. Fair. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3 becoming northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight becoming moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 or 5. Moderate. Fair. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east. Slight, becoming moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches at first. Moderate, occasionally very poor at first, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, decreasing 3 in west. Moderate, becoming slight in west. Fair. Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 or 3, becoming north 4 or 5. Smooth becoming slight. Showers, thundery at first. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northeast 4 or 5, decreasing 3. Slight. Fair. Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Variable becoming north 3 or 4, then veering northeast 4 or 5. Slight, becoming slight or moderate. Showers, thundery at first. Moderate or poor, becoming moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less at first in Bristol Channel, otherwise north or northeast veering east 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate in west. Showers, becoming fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 2 or 3. Slight, occasionally moderate at first in west. Fair. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: North 4 or 5, veering east or northeast 3 or 4. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Showers becoming fair. Moderate or good.

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

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: North veering east or northeast, then becoming variable later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in west. Showers, then fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming southwest later 2 or 3, occasionally 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: North or northwest veering east or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 2 or 3 later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight later. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast becoming variable, 3 or less, then becoming west or southwest 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in North Channel, becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, becoming southwest 3 or 4. Slight. Fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in North Channel, becoming variable 3 or less. Slight, occasionally moderate in North Channel. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, becoming southwesterly 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: North 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in far west later. Slight, occasionally moderate near islay and Tiree. Fair. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less. Mainly slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate in far north. Fair. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: North or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate. Fair. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 later in west. Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time in northeast. Showers then fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Variable 2 to 4 soon becoming northerly, veering northeast overnight, increasing 4 to 5 by morning. Smooth of slight, becoming moderate. Some mist and fog patches in the north of the area, clearing risk of a shower. Good, locally moderate to very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast 4 to 5 decreasing 3 to 4 overnight. Moderate becoming slight. Fair. 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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