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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: 1200 on Sat 28 Feb 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

Strong southwesterly flow at first. A low and its associated frontal troughs move northeast close to Shetland overnight into Sunday.

Forecast

Southwest 7, backing southeast 5 or 6. decreasing southeast 4 in the west later. Rough or very rough. Showers at first. Occasional rain later. Mainly good, occasionally moderate in rain.

Outlook

for 12 Hours from 0000 UTC on Sunday 01 Mar until 1200 UTC on Sunday 01 Mar Southeast soon cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 3. becoming westerly 6 or 7 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Showers later. Mainly good, occasionally moderate in rain.

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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