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Inshore waters

Issued by the Met Office at 1200 UTC on Friday 20 October 2017

Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore
for the period 1200 UTC Friday 20 October to 1200 UTC Saturday 21 October 2017

General situation

An area of low pressure in the southern North Sea will gradually fill. A deep area of low pressure will move eastwards across Ireland tonight, and then across northern England on Saturday. The low then moving out into the North Sea on Sunday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming east or southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain with fog patches for a time, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast backing east 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, occasionally 4 later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later in north. Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 5 to 7, backing east 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle, becoming fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast becoming cyclonic, then becoming northwest later, 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair, then rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: West or northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 or 7 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle, becoming fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South veering southwest 6 or 7, veering west 6 to gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair, then rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly veering westerly later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough until later. Squally showers. Moderate or good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough until later. Occasional rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, veering westerly 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high, becoming moderate or rough later. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: West backing south 5 to 7, veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, veering west 6 to gale 8 later. Very rough or high, becoming moderate or rough later. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high, occasionally very high later in far west. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering west, 7 to severe gale 9, veering northwest 6 to gale 8 later. Very rough or high, occasionally very high in for a time west, becoming rough or very rough later. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, backing south 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough, becoming high or very high later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, veering northwest 6 to gale 8 later. High or very high, becoming very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough later. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 to 7, veering south or southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high later, occasionally very high in south. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest veering west gale 8 or severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high, occasionally very high in south, becoming rough or very rough later. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: West 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast becoming cyclonic, then becoming west or northwest, 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: West or southwest 3 or 4, backing south or southeast 6 to gale 8. Slight, becoming moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later. Fair, then rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: South or southeast, veering west or northwest, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast becoming cyclonic, 6 to gale 8, then becoming northwest 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeasterly 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeasterly becoming cyclonic, 6 to gale 8, then becoming northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high in North Channel. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair, then rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southeast 5 to 7, backing north 4 or 5, backing northwest 6 to gale 8 later, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high. Rain or squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in south. Fair, then rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or southeasterly becoming cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 later in south. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in south. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough later. Fair, then rain or showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Easterly or southeasterly becoming cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 later in south. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in south. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shetland Isles - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in northeast, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time in south, occasionally gale 8 later. Rough occasionally very rough at first in northeast, occasionally very rough later. Occasional rain and drizzle, fog patches until later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: . . . .

Channel Islands - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 to 5, backing south 6 to 7 by evening, perhaps gale 8 at times, veering southwest around midnight, increasing 7 to gale 8 overnight, perhaps severe gale 9 alderney northward. Rather rough, increasing rather rough to rough this evening, and very rough or high by morning. Rain spreading in from the west late afternoon, perhaps heavy at times, clearing overnight to squally showers by morning with a risk of thunder. Moderate to good, becoming moderate to poor in rain or showers.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 7 to gale 8, locally severe gale 9 with gusts to 60kt around alderney, veering westerly by late afternoon, decreasing 6 to 7 after midnight with gusts to 45kt, further decreasing 5 to 6 by midday Sunday. Very rough to high, decreasing rough to very rough overnight and rather rough with a moderate swell by midday Sunday. Squally showers, with a risk of thunder. Moderate, occasionally poor in showers, becoming moderate to good by Sunday morning.

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.

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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