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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 0001 UTC on Sunday 27 May 2018

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 0000 UTC Sunday 27 May to 0000 UTC Monday 28 May 2018

General situation

The British Isles currently lies under an easterly flow, between high pressure to the north of Scotland and low pressure over France and biscay. Thunderstorms are expected to affect mainly southern and southwestern areas at times.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast: East or northeast, veering southeast later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate in north. Fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or southeast, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate in north. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast: Northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast, becoming variable at times, 2 or 3. Slight, occasionally smooth in Firth of Forth. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 3 or 4. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: North or northeast, becoming variable at times, 2 or 3, increasing 4 at times. Slight. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Northeast, veering east, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East, backing north or northeast, 3 or 4. Slight. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northeasterly, backing northerly later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times later. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable, mainly easterly, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, becoming northeasterly 4 or 5 later. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers, fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, or very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, becoming northeast 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Easterly, veering southeasterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later except in far west. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later. Thundery showers, fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, or very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, becoming north or northeast later, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate near Isles of Scilly. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 5 or 6, veering southeast 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later in the Bristol Channel. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast, becoming variable, 3 or 4, decreasing 2 at times, becoming north or northeast 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable 2 or 3, becoming north or northeast 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later in south, occasionally 7 at first in Solway Firth. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in north. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Isle of Man - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later, occasionally 7 at first in north. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Showers later, perhaps thundery. Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times in north. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: East or northeast 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later. Showers for a time in south, perhaps thundery. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

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

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5,. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later. Showers for a time. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Easterly or northeasterly, veering southeasterly later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in shelter. Showers for a time. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East or southeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 or 3. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

The Minch

24 hour forecast: East or northeast, veering southeast later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far north and in far south. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 or 3, then becoming northeast 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far north and in far south. Fog patches developing later in north. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later in north.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast: East or northeast, veering southeast later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Moderate, occasionally slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 or 3, then becoming northeast 3 or 4 later. Moderate, occasionally slight. Fog patches developing later in north. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later in north.

Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast: East or northeast, veering southeast later, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good.

Channel Islands - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southeasterly 3 to 5, perhaps occasionally 6 with gusts to 40kt near showers, decreasing 2 to 4 by dawn, becoming variable in the afternoon. Slight, locally moderate until dawn. Isolated thundery showers mist or fog patches. Moderate to good, occasionally poor or very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northerly or variable 2 to 4,. Smooth or slight. Mist or fog patches risk of thundery showers. Moderate, occasionally poor or very poor.

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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