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yellow Warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom

Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0600 UTC on Monday 23 January 2017

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0600 UTC Monday 23 January to 0600 UTC Tuesday 24 January 2017

General situation

An area of high pressure will remain slow moving over the south of the United Kingdom. Falling pressure to the north of the United Kingdom will bring stronger winds to northern parts.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8 in northwest. Slight becoming moderate later in southeast, moderate becoming rough or very rough later in north. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northwest. Moderate in southeast, rough or very rough in north. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate for a time.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5, backing south 5 or 6 later. Slight, becoming moderate later. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate for a time.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

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

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight becoming moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fog patches near coast. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near coast.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 3 or 4, backing south 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Fog patches near coast. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near coast.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later. Smooth. Fog patches near coast. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near coast.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in north. Smooth, occasionally slight later. Fog patches near coast. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near coast.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less. Smooth or slight. Fog patches near coast. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near coast.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches near coast. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near coast.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Variable, 3 or less. Slight. Fog patches near coast. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near coast.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southeast 3 or 4 later. Slight becoming moderate. Fog patches near coast. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near coast.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southwest 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in west. Fair. Moderate or good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in west. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair, rain for a time later. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in north. Moderate, occasionally rough in south. Fair, then rain for a time. Moderate or good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: South or southeast, veering southwest later, 4 or 5 occasionally 6 later. Smooth, becoming slight or moderate later. Fair, occasional rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate. Rain for a time. Moderate or good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southeast veering south or southwest, 3 or 4 increasing 5 or 6 later. Smooth or slight becoming mainly moderate later. Rain and drizzle later. Good, occasionally moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, increasing 6 or 7 later. Mainly moderate. Occasional rain and drizzle, mainly fair later. Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good later.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north. Fair, occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north. Rain for a time. Good occasionally moderate for a time.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north. Fair, occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north. Rain for a time. Moderate or good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 4, increasing 5 to 7. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in north. Rough or very rough. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 or 7 later. Moderate, becoming rough later. Fair, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Southeast or variable 1 to 3, becoming south to southwest overnight. Smooth or slight. Mist or haze at times. Moderate to good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest to south 1 to 3, locally 4, backing south to southeast 2 to 4 overnight. Smooth or slight with a low swell. Mist or haze at times risk of fog patches. Moderate to good, perhaps very 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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