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yellow Warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom

60 nm Shetland Isles

Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Issued: 0600 UTC on Thursday 29 September 2016

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

Areas of low pressure will bring unsettled very windy weather.


Cyclonic, becoming westerly or northwesterly, 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first in far south, decreasing 6 at times. Moderate at times inshore to east of shetland, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high in south and far west. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.


for 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Thursday 29 Sep until 0600 UTC on Friday 30 Sep Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north. Moderate at times inshore to east of shetland, otherwise rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally 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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