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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1200 on Thu 30 Oct 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 1200 on Thu 30 Oct 2014 UTC until 1200 on Fri 31 Oct 2014 UTC

General situation

Low pressure to the south of Iceland pushes a warm front northeastwards across Britain on Thursday, followed by a cold front moving eastwards on Friday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first across Orkney, then decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Slight or moderate in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east, becoming variable 3 at times in Moray Firth, veering southwesterly 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in east. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Rattray Head. Rain at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southeasterly, veering southwesterly later, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Rattray Head. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast 5 to 7, veering southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: South 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South, veering southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain or drizzle at first. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly, veering southwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Moderate or good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly, veering southwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Mainly good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Fair. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly, veering southwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Moderate or good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in west. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west. Drizzle at times with fog patches, then mainly fair. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally rough in west. Rain for a time later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 3 in Bristol Channel, increasing 6 or 7 later in west. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west. Drizzle at times, becoming fair later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in west. Moderate, occasionally rough in west. Rain for a time later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far south. Drizzle at times, becoming fair later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly, veering southwesterly, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first in north. Rain for a time. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in west. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north. Occasional rain and drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly, backing southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in Liverpool Bay. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north. Rain for a time. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: South 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate, occasionally slight at first. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in east. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time in east, veering southwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first in north. Rain or drizzle at times, becoming fair later. Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time in North Channel, veering southwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle at times, becoming fair later. Good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Tiree. Rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly, veering southwesterly, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough ,occasionally slight at first in east. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly veering southerly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far south. Rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South, veering southwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first in north. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly veering southerly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South, veering southwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southeast, veering south, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southeast to south 3 to 4, increasing 4 to 5 overnight, locally 6 in the north by midday Friday. Slight, becoming moderate. Fair. Moderate to good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast to south 4 to 5, locally 6 at first, veering southwest. Slight to moderate. Fair, becoming cloudy with rain Saturday morning, clearing to fair by midday. Moderate to good, locally poor Saturday morning.

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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