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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Sat 29 Nov 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Sat 29 Nov 2014 UTC until 0000 on Sun 30 Nov 2014 UTC

General situation

The current easterly or southeasterly airflow will slowly ease during Saturday with a ridge of high pressure then building across the country for a time during Sunday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Southeast, veering south later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 near Orkney, decreasing 4 at times later. Slight or moderate in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Orkney. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering northwest 4 or 5, then becoming variable 3, becoming south 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first near Orkney and Rattray Head. Showers then fair. Good, occasionally poor at first in east.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly, veering southwesterly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 near Rattray Head, decreasing 4 at times in south. Moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly veering northwesterly 4 or 5, then becoming variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 4 or 5 later in north. Rough at first in far north, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southeast, veering south later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Occasional drizzle then fair. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 4 or 5 veering northwest 3 or 4, then becoming variable 3 or less later. Moderate becoming slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then veering south later. Moderate, becoming slight in south. Drizzle at times then fair. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering northwest 3 or 4, then becoming variable 3 or less later. Moderate at first in north, otherwise slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, veering southerly 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 3 or 4 becoming variable 3 or less, then northerly 3 or 4 later. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Easterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Rain at times then fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less becoming northerly or northeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in east. Slight, occasionally moderate in east. Showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: East 4 or 5, backing northeast 2 or 3 later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Occasional rain then fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 2 at first. Slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first near headlands, backing north or northeast 2 or 3 later. Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 2 at first. Rough at first near the Isles of Scilly, otherwise slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or less later. Moderate or rough near Cornwall, otherwise slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less becoming north or northwest 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4, then west later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly veering northerly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in north, becoming variable 3 or less later. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Rain or drizzle then fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: East or northeast veering south or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight, occasionally moderate. Rain or drizzle at times later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 4 or 5 veering northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later. Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight. Rain or drizzle then fair. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: East veering south, then southwest later, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Slight or moderate. Rain for a time later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5 veering northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later. Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: East veering south 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, then veering west or southwest later. Slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle for a time later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or less, then southwest 3 or 4 later. Slight, occasionally moderate in north. Mainly fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: East or northeast veering south, 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, then veering southwest 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle for a time later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6 veering northwest 3 or 4, then becoming variable 2, becoming south 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: East veering south 4 or 5, then veering west or southwest 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough except in far south and in shelter. Rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 5 or 6 becoming variable 3, then south 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough at first in north, otherwise slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 4 increasing 5 to 7, then veering west 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Rain for a time later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 or 6 becoming variable 3 or less, then becoming southwest 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 4 increasing 5 to 7, then veering west 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate near Sutherland, otherwise moderate or rough. Rain for a time later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 or 6 becoming variable 3 or less, then becoming southwest 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough west of the Outer Hebrides. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southeast 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southeast 3 or 4, locally 5 at first, decreasing 2 to 4 in the morning, backing east or northeast by afternoon. Slight, locally moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northeast 3 or 4, increasing 4 or 5. Slight or moderate with a low swell. Mist patches. Good, locally moderate or 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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