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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1800 on Sun 20 Apr 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 1800 on Sun 20 Apr 2014 UTC until 1800 on Mon 21 Apr 2014 UTC

General situation

High pressure will persist to the north of Scotland, whilst a developing area of low pressure over the English Channel edges away southwestwards. Most places will remain in a brisk easterly airstream.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in northwest. Slight in east, moderate or rough in north. Fog patches until later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north. Rain or showers later. Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northeast 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fog patches until later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast veering east later, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers with fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeast 5 or 6, veering southeast 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers with fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeasterly, becoming cyclonic, then southerly later, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Easterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Thundery showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly westerly, backing southerly later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Showers, thundery at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, becoming mainly south or southwest, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic, becoming southeast 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west. Thundery rain, then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast veering southwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight in east. Showers. Moderate or good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: North or northeast, veering east or southeast, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in west. Thundery rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate at first in west, otherwise slight, becoming smooth in east. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

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

24 hour forecast: Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, veering easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, but rough at first in far south. Occasional rain or thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in far north, becoming variable 3 at times in west. Mainly slight. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly veering easterly later, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times in south. Slight, occasionally moderate, except in shelter. Showers for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight, occasionally moderate in north. Fair, then showers. Mainly good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7, veering easterly 4 or 5 later, occasionally 6 in north. Moderate becoming slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight later. Showers. Mainly good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. Slight, but mainly moderate in north. Showers later. Mainly good.

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

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Mainly good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Northeast 4 or 5, veering east or northeast 5 to 7. Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times in shelter. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight, but moderate in far north and far south. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times in shelter. Slight, occasionally moderate in the far north. Fair. Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in north. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Fair. Good.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: South becoming variable 3 or 4, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in west. Fog patches for a time in southeast. Good, occasionally very poor for a time in southeast.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: South to southeast 4 to 5, backing southeast to east 3 to 4 by the morning, further backing east 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Slight, locally moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate to good, locally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East to southeast 2 to 3, locally 4, veering south to southwest overnight. Slight. Isolated showers. Moderate to 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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