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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 1800 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 1800 UTC Saturday 23 February to 1800 UTC Sunday 24 February 2019

General situation

The very mild southerly airflow over the United Kingdom will persist for the next couple of days, though winds will become light and variable at times across southern and eastern areas.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South or southeast 5 or 6, veering southwest 4 or 5 for a time. Smooth in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north. Showers at first. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Smooth in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north. Fair then occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor in north.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Moderate becoming mainly slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near Rattray Head. Slight or moderate in north, smooth or slight in south. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast: South 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less for a time. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Occasional rain at first, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly south 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly south 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly south 3 or less, occasionally 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly southerly or southeasterly 3 or less. Smooth. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast: Variable, mainly easterly or southeasterly 3 or 4. Smooth in east, otherwise slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly easterly 3 or 4. Smooth in east, otherwise slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming east 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable, mainly east, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming east 3 or 4. Slight or moderate in Lyme Bay, otherwise moderate or rough. Fog patches later in west. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in west. Slight or moderate in Lyme Bay, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough for a time in far west. Fog patches at first in west. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first in west.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or less, becoming southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight in far east, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional drizzle at first, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight in far east, otherwise moderate or rough. Fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel

24 hour forecast: South 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle at first, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in south. Fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast: South backing southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth at times in shelter. Occasional drizzle at first, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in west. Fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Isle of Man

24 hour forecast: South or southwest backing southeast, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Moderate becoming slight. Fog patches, fair later. Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3, then southeasterly 5 or 6 later, occasionally 7 in north. Slight or moderate. Fog patches in east. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southeasterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate. Fog patches, mainly in east. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor, mainly in east.

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

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3, then southeasterly 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southerly or southeasterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in shelter. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4, backing southeast 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Slight or moderate in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor in southeast.

The Minch - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest backing south later, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south, becoming slight for a time in central areas. Showers at first. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast veering southwest for a time, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south, becoming slight for a time in central areas. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor later.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest backing south later, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough for a time. Showers at first. Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast veering southwest for a time, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor later.

Shetland Isles - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South veering southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Moderate or rough in south and east, otherwise rough or very rough. Showers at first. Good.

Channel Islands

24 hour forecast: Variable 1 to 3, becoming mainly east or northeast tonight, increasing 4 at times in far north from mid-morning tomorrow. Smooth or slight. Fog patches drifting from French coasts tomorrow morning, mainly affecting the west of the area. Moderate to poor, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: East to southeast 2 to 3, increasing 4 at times. Smooth or slight, with a low swell. Mist and fog patches near French coasts on Monday morning. Moderate to good, occasionally 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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