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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 0600 on Tue 02 Sep 2014 UTC

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

Valid from 0600 on Tue 02 Sep 2014 UTC until 0600 on Wed 03 Sep 2014 UTC

General situation

Pressure will continue to build across all areas with a large area of high pressure becoming centred over southern Scandinavia. Several quiet days are now expected.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near Cape Wrath, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times in Moray Firth. Slight in east, moderate, occasionally rough at first, in north. Occasional drizzle in north. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times in Moray Firth. Slight in east, moderate in north. Occasional drizzle in north. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Mainly southerly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in north. Mainly slight. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Mainly slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly north veering east, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or southeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Moderate or good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly northerly veering easterly, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Showers at first. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in south. Slight, occasionally moderate in far south. Fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Northerly veering northeasterly, then easterly later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at times. Slight. Showers at first. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east. Slight, occasionally moderate in east. Fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Variable, becoming mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4. Slight. Fair. Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 around headlands. Mainly slight. Fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly east or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later near headlands. Moderate, occasionally rough at first in far west, otherwise slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 around headlands. Slight, but moderate at times near headlands and in far west. Fair. Mainly good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly east or southeast, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly east or northeast, 3 or less. Slight or moderate at first in far south, otherwise smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 3 or less. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southeast 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly southeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming mainly southeast 2 or 3. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly southerly or southwesterly 3 or less, increasing 4 at times in north. Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in north. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly southerly or southeasterly, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in north. Mainly fair. Mainly good.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly southerly or southwesterly 3 or less, increasing 4 at times in north. Smooth or slight in south, slight or moderate in north. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly southerly or southeasterly, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight in south, slight or moderate in far north. Mainly fair. Mainly good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly backing southerly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly southerly, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Mainly good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle, mainly in north. Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle, mainly in north. Good, occasionally moderate.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Rough becoming moderate. Occasional drizzle, mainly in north. Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, but moderate or rough in northwest. Occasional drizzle, mainly in north. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 until later in northwest. Moderate or rough. Occasional drizzle at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Northerly 1 to 3, veering northeast to east this morning, backing northeast to north for a time this afternoon, increasing 2 to 4 by evening, veering east overnight. Smooth or slight. Any drizzle and mist patches at first clearing, mist or fog patches near the French coast Wednesday morning. Mainly good, locally moderate to very poor in any drizzle, mist or fog patches.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East 3 to 4, backing northeast by noon, perhaps locally 5 late Wednesday afternoon and evening, veering east overnight. Mainly slight with a low swell. Early morning mist or fog patches near the French coast at first and perhaps later. Mainly good, locally moderate to very poor in mist or fog patches.

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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