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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0001 on Tue 27 Jan 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 0000 on Tue 27 Jan 2015 UTC until 0000 on Wed 28 Jan 2015 UTC

General situation

Atlantic fronts will move southeast across the United Kingdom, clearing the far southeast around midday Wednesday. A much colder northwesterly flow will follow with strong winds or gales and squally wintry showers, especially in the north.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Westerly backing southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in northwest. Rough or very rough in north, slight or moderate in east. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly veering westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high in north, moderate or rough in east. Rain at first, then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later near Rattray Head. Occasional rain, mainly in north. Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest, veering west for a time, 6 to gale 8. Moderate, occasionally rough in north. Occasional rain at first, then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 or 7, veering west 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain then showers, becoming wintry later. Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain then showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly backing southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 6 to gale 8, then veering westerly. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain then mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly backing southwesterly, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 in east for a time, then veering westerly. Slight, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain then fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Northwest backing southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, then veering west. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain then mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, but rough in far west. Occasional drizzle later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, then veering west 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in far west. Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Mainly moderate. Occasional drizzle later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8. Moderate becoming rough, then becoming very rough later in west. Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

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

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: West 4 or 5, backing southwest 6 or 7. Slight becoming moderate. Occasional drizzle, rain later. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain then showers, becoming wintry later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 6 or 7, veering west 7 or gale 8. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or drizzle at first, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Westerly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in north. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in north. Rain at first, then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Westerly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Mull of Kintyre. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 near Mull of Kintyre. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high, except in Firth of Clyde. Occasional rain at first, then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest for a time, 5 or 6, increasing 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, but moderate for a time in shelter. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Rough or very rough, becoming high or very high. Rain at first, then squally wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, but rough in far south and in far north. Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in far south and in far north. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: West backing southwest for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Very rough, becoming high or very high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Northwest backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, but moderate in sheltered east. Rain at times. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: North to northwest 3 to 4, backing west in the afternoon, increasing 4 to 5 in the evening, locally 6, backing southwest later. Slight, locally moderate at first and again in the evening. Some patchy rain or drizzle by evening. Good, occasionally moderate to poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 6, perhaps locally 7, veering west to northwest by midday and increasing 6 to gale 8. Moderate with swell, increasing rather rough to rough during the morning, and rough to very rough in the evening. Occasional rain or drizzle and mist patches clearing around midday to scattered showers. Moderate to poor becoming good in the afternoon except in showers.

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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