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Inshore waters

Inshore waters forecast for coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore

Issued: 1800 on Mon 30 Mar 2015 UTC

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

Valid from 1800 on Mon 30 Mar 2015 UTC until 1800 on Tue 31 Mar 2015 UTC

General situation

As a deep area of low pressure moves quickly eastwards over northern Scotland tonight, winds will increase once again, bringing stormy cpnditions to many parts, and the wind turn more northwesterly through tomorrow.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north. Showers, rain for a time. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in north. Wintry showers. Moderate or good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: South 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic, then northwest later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough offshore later. Rain then showers. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Wintry showers. Moderate or good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: Southwest,veering northwest later 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale at first. Moderate or rough. Showers, wintry at times. Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest,veering west or northwest later 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Showers. Moderate or good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly later 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 , occasionally severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Occasional rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate becoming good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west or northwest,5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate, becoming good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, becoming high later in west. Occasional rain and drizzle then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in west at first, becoming moderate in east. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate becoming good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west gale 8 or severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in Bristol Channel. Very rough or high. Occasional rain and drizzle then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Bristol Channel, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in south. Occasional rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain or showers. Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West veering northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 6 or 7, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later in west. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in north. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 until later. Rough or very rough, becoming high in north. Squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in North Channel. Rain then showers, occasionally wintry later. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in North Channel. Squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast: Southwest veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later. Very rough or high, occasionally very high later. Rain then showers, occasionally wintry later. Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high, but very high for a time. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: West becoming cyclonic then northwest, 4 or 5 increasing 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south. Rain then showers, occasionally wintry later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest gale 8 or severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough, then becoming very rough or high in far south and in far north. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming northwest gale 8 to storm 10. Very rough or high, occasionally very high later. Rain then showers, occasionally wintry later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Very rough, becoming high, occasionally very high in far west. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: West 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4, then northwest 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Showers, wintry at times. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: West to northwest 6 to 7, increasing 7 to gale 8 with gusts to 50kt late evening, decreasing 6 to 7 around midday. Moderate to rather rough, becoming rough to very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle, clearing around dawn. Moderate to poor, becoming good tomorrow morning.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 6 to 7, decreasing 5 to 6 Wednesday morning, occasionally 4 in the afternoon. Rough to very rough, becoming rather rough to rough. Fair, becoming cloudy, occasional rain and drizzle Wednesday afternoon. Good, locally moderate to poor in rain and drizzle.

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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