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60 nm Shetland Isles

Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Issued: 1800 on Sat 25 Oct 2014 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

Complex area of low pressure over Iceland will track east or northeast, pushing a frontal trough over Shetland and the surrounding waters through Saturday and Sunday morning.

Forecast

Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 soon. Very rough or high, but rough in shelter east at first. Rain or showers, perhaps heavy or thundery at times. Moderate or good, perhaps poor at times.

Outlook

for 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Sunday 26 Oct until 1800 UTC on Sunday 26 Oct Southwest 8 or severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high, occasionally very high in west or northwest for a time. Rain or showers, perhaps heavy at first. Moderate or good, perhaps poor at first.

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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