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60 nm Shetland Isles

Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Issued: 0600 on Sat 31 Jan 2015 UTC

The coastal areas forecast for up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland. Issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

General situation

Low east of Shetland will slowly track south over the North Sea and merge with another broad area of low pressure over southern Baltic, as a filling feature.


North or northeast gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 4 or 5 later in east. Very rough or high, occasionally very high in west. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or poor.


for 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Saturday 31 Jan until 0600 UTC on Sunday 01 Feb North or northeast gale 8 to storm 10, occasionally 4 or 5 at first in east, backing northwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9. Very rough or high, occasionally rough in east. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or 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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