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60 nm Shetland Isles

Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Issued: 1800 on Sat 22 Nov 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

Frontal trough over Shetland and surrounding waters clearing away east on Sunday, with an unstable southwesterly flow following behind.

Forecast

Southeast 7 or gale 8 veering southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook

for 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Sunday 23 Nov until 1800 UTC on Sunday 23 Nov Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 or 7 at first in south, backing southerly 5 to 7 later in west. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in east.

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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