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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0001 UTC on Sunday 17 December 2017

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0000 UTC Sunday 17 December to 0000 UTC Monday 18 December 2017

General situation

A ridge of high pressure will move away to the east, allowing Atlantic fronts to sweep across all parts today. Pressure will then build again on Monday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 3 or 4, backing southerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then veering northwesterly. Moderate or rough, but mainly slight in Moray Firth. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in west. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in far north, but mainly slight in Moray Firth. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate in northwest.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, then veering northwest later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Rattray Head. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest backing southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Northwest, backing south or southwest for a time, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Moderate, occasionally rough. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 5 to 7, backing southwest 3 or 4 later. Moderate, occasionally slight later. Fair. Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Northwest backing southwest for a time, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough at first in north, becoming slight later. Mainly fair. Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 or 6, then veering northwesterly later. Slight or moderate. Showers, rain for a time later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally slight later. Fair, fog patches later. Good, occasionally very poor later.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Northwesterly backing southwesterly for a time 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight, becoming moderate later. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 2 or 3 later. Moderate, becoming slight later. Fair, fog patches later. Good, occasionally very poor later.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Northwest, backing west or southwest for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight, becoming moderate later. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less later. Moderate, becoming slight later. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Northwest backing west or southwest 4 or 5, then veering northwest 3 or 4 later. Slight in Lyme Bay until later, otherwise moderate. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 3 or 4 becoming variable 3 or less, then south 3 or 4 later. Moderate, becoming slight, except in far west. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 or 6 for a time. Slight in Bristol Channel at first, otherwise moderate. Occasional rain until later. Good, occasionally moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less, then southeast 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later.

St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 or 6, then veering northwest, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Slight becoming moderate. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less, then south 4 or 5 later. Moderate, becoming slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: West 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 or 6, then veering northwest, decreasing 4 at times later. Slight, becoming moderate for a time. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 3 or 4. Slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Isle of Man - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, then veering northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight becoming moderate. Rain for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 3 or 4 later. Moderate becoming slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, veering northwest 5 to 7, then decreasing 3 or 4 later. Slight at first in east, otherwise moderate. Rain then fair. Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or northwest 3 or 4, backing south 4 or 5. Moderate, becoming slight in east. Mainly fair, occasional drizzle later in west. Good, occasionally poor later.

Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first, veering northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later. Slight, becoming moderate. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, backing southerly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South 5 or 6, veering northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Moderate, occasionally rough for a time. Rain then fair. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Occasional drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later.

The Minch - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly veering northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time in north, then backing westerly 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7. Moderate, occasionally rough in far south and far north. Occasional drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South veering northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time, then backing west 4 or 5 later. Moderate becoming rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7. Rough. Occasional drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Shetland Isles - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 3 or 4, backing south 6 to gale 8, then veering northwest later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in northwest. Occasional rain then showers. Moderate or good.

Channel Islands - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Northwest to north 4 to 5, perhaps locally 6 at first, decreasing 2 to 3 around dawn, backing west 4 to 5 by midday, increasing 5 to 6 during the afternoon. Slight to moderate, increasing moderate to rather rough for a time in the evening. Isolated showers in the morning occasional rain and drizzle from early afternoon, with mist and the risk of fog patches. Good, occasionally moderate in showers becoming moderate to poor, perhaps very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 to 5 occasionally 6, soon veering northwest to north, veering north to northeast 3 to 4 by midday, becoming variable 2 or 3 by evening. Slight to moderate, occasionally rather rough at first, with a low swell becoming smooth or slight by evening. Occasional rain and drizzle with mist and the risk of fog patches, clearing by dawn. Moderate to poor, perhaps very poor, becoming good by dawn.

Inshore waters and strong winds

For coastal waters up to 12 miles offshore

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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