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60 nm Shetland Isles

Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Issued: 0001 UTC on Thursday 25 May 2017

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

The Shetland Waters will continue to be affected by a moist west to southwesterly airflow. There will be extensive low cloud, which is likely to lower right down to sea level at times to give fog patches, especially later.

Forecast

Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west, north and south. Moderate in north and west, slight or moderate in south and east. Occasional drizzle, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook

for 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Thursday 25 May until 0000 UTC on Friday 26 May West or southwest, backing south later, 3 or 4, decreasing 2 for a time. Moderate in north and west, slight or moderate in south and east. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very 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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