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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

For coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore
for the period to

General situation

Slow-moving deep Atlantic lows close to northwest Britain will maintain unsettled weather across all parts of the country for the next couple of days, with gales at times in northern waters.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly veering southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate, then rough or very rough later in north.
Weather
Rain or showers, occasional sleet at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly backing southerly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 near Cape Wrath.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in north, slight or moderate in south, but occasionally rough near Rattray Head.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, veering westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, veering westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly, backing southerly or southwesterly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly at first in east, otherwise westerly, 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4, then veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly backing southerly, 4 or 5, then veering southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4, then veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Fair, then rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time, then becoming west or northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in far east, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near the Isles of Scilly.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight at times in lyme bay, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far west.
Weather
Fair, then occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time, then becoming southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair, then occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West, backing southwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in south.
Weather
Occasional drizzle at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Fair, then rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic becoming west 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, backing southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough except in Liverpool Bay.
Weather
Rain or drizzle for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing south 6 or 7, then veering southwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate, perhaps rough for a time.
Weather
Rain or drizzle for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough in far north.
Weather
Showers in north.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south or southwest 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in far north.
Weather
Mainly fair, then occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, backing southerly or southwesterly 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Mainly fair, then rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high, then rough or very rough later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south or southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly at first in north, otherwise westerly or southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, backing southwesterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, backing southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough or high later.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly at first in north, otherwise westerly or southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, backing southwesterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, backing southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first in north, veering southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Sunday 21 Jan 2018 at 1800 UTC until Monday 22 Jan 2018 at 0600 UTC

General situation

An Atlantic front pushes northeast across Shetland waters through Monday introducing a milder southwesterly airstream later.

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first in north, veering southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6 later in south
Sea state
Moderate at first in north and east, otherwise rough becoming very rough in east
Weather
Rain developing
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor

For 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Monday 22 Jan until 1800 UTC on Monday 22 Jan

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8 at first in north, otherwise southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6
Sea state
Rough or very rough
Weather
Occasional rain
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first
Channel Islands
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest to west 6 to 7 with gusts to 45kt, locally gale 8 mid channel at first, becoming variable 2 to 4 alderney northwards for a time overnight, veering generally northwest 4 to 5 early afternoon.
Sea state
Rather rough to rough, locally moderate in the north by morning, decreasing generally moderate to rather rough in the afternoon.
Weather
Outbreaks of rain or drizzle, occasionally heavy overnight, with mist and a risk of fog patches, clearing early afternoon.
Visibility
Moderate to poor, perhaps very poor at times becoming good early afternoon.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest to west 4 to 5, occasionally 3 Monday evening, backing southwesterly by midnight, increasing 5 to 6 before dawn, locally 7.
Sea state
Moderate to rather rough with swell, increasing rough in the north and west in the morning.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle spreading in from the west after midnight, with mist and a risk of fog patches.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate to poor soon after midnight, perhaps 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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