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amber Warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom

Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0600 UTC on Monday 08 February 2016

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0600 UTC Monday 08 February to 0600 UTC Tuesday 09 February 2016

General situation

A deep area of low pressure over the northern British Isles will bring gale to storm force winds and very high seas to many areas today, especially southwestern and southern parts.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in north. Slight or moderate in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in north. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 5 to 7. Very rough or high in north, otherwise moderate or rough, but occasionally slight in Moray Firth. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, veering west or northwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Rattray Head. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Slight or moderate, but rough near Rattray Head. Showers. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 5 or 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, veering northwest 4 or 5, then increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 at times in far north. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering northwest 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far east. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first. Mainly fair, then showers. Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high, becoming rough later. Squally showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: West or southwest gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Very rough or high, becoming rough later. Squally showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 5 or 6, veering west or northwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: West or southwest severe gale 9 or storm 10, decreasing 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough in shelter, otherwise high or very high, occasionally phenomenal at first in far west, then becoming very rough or high later in west, and moderate or rough elsewhere. Squally showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good later in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Very rough or high in far west, otherwise moderate or rough. Squally showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good in east.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: West or southwest severe gale 9 or storm 10, occasionally violent storm 11 at first, decreasing 6 to gale 8 later. High or very high, occasionally phenomenal at first near Cornwall, becoming very rough later. Squally showers. Moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later in Bristol Channel. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first in south, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough in far northeast, otherwise very rough or high, occasionally very high at first in south, becoming moderate or rough later. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Very rough at first in south, otherwise moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, veering northwest 5 to 7. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Showers. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southwest, veering west or southwest, 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 5 or 6. Rough, becoming moderate. Showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south, and decreasing 4 at times in north. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far north. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south, veering northwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate in south. Showers. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly, veering westerly for a time, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, but mainly slight in Firth of Clyde. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in North Channel. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Mull of Kintyre. Showers. Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 5 to 7 near Mull of Kintyre, otherwise cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time except in far south. Showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly at first in far south, otherwise northerly or northwesterly, 5 to 7. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming north 6 or 7 later. Rough or very rough in far south, and later in far north, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 5 to 7. Rough or very rough in far north and far south, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming north 6 or 7 later. Rough or very rough, becoming high. Showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 5 to 7. High, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, then becoming north or northwest later. Rough or very rough, becoming high in west. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southwest to west gale 8 to severe gale 9, locally storm 10 in the north with gusts to 70kt, decreasing 7 to gale 8 this evening, further decreasing 4 to 5 by morning, locally 6. Very rough to high, soon becoming high to very high this morning, gradually decreasing rough to very rough overnight. Scattered squally rain or hail showers, locally heavy with the risk of thunder, then more persistent rain from around midnight mostly clearing by dawn. Mainly moderate to poor, occasionally good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 to 5 soon increasing 5 to 6, occasionally 7 in showers, veering west to northwest around midday, and increasing 6 to 7 during the afternoon. Rough to very rough. Any rain soon clearing then scattered blustery rain or hail showers with a risk of thunder , becoming isolated by Wednesday. Moderate to poor in showers and any rain at first, otherwise 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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