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Inshore waters forecast

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

General situation

Deep areas of low pressure will bring very unsettled and very windy conditions to all areas during the next few days. Storm force winds are expected at times in the north.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8 veering southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first, decreasing 6 later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in south, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high later in north.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly, 7 to severe gale 9 at first in north, otherwise 5 or 6, becoming variable 4, then northwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
In north, rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in far northwest, becoming moderate or rough later, in south, moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest severe gale 9 to violent storm 11 decreasing 6 to gale 8, then decreasing 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in north, becoming slight or moderate later in south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 becoming variable 3, becoming westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 for a time later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest gale 8 to storm 10 decreasing 5 to 7, then backing south 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in far north, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 4 becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 then west 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in north, decreasing 5, then backing southerly 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 4 or 5 increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time, then veering west or southwest later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, then decreasing 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly, veering westerly later, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times, perhaps squally later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, then decreasing 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first, then perhaps severe gale 9 for a time in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally rain for a time later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, then decreasing 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally rain for a time, showers later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far west.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 for a time at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far west.
Weather
Occasional rain, squally for a time, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West backing south or southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, then becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest veering west, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 for a time at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough for a time at first.
Weather
Rain, perhaps squally for a time, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first in north, decreasing 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough, then slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5 becoming south or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, then veering west or northwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain, perhaps squally for a time, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest gale 8 to storm 10 decreasing 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4 becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, then becoming west or northwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough.
Weather
Rain for a time, showers later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest gale 8 to storm 10 decreasing 5 to 7, backing south 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough, then slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 3 or 4, backing north, then west later, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, occasionally violent storm 11 at first in north, decreasing 5 to 7, backing southerly 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers, squally at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South becoming variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northwest 5 to 7, then backing west later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in south.
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, occasionally violent storm 11 at first, decreasing 5 to 7, then 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers, squally at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly becoming variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in North Channel.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, occasionally violent storm 11 at first in south, decreasing 5 to 7, then 4 later in south.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first near Tiree, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5 becoming variable 3, then northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8 becoming westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high for a time in southwest.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7 veering west 3 or 4, then northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8 becoming westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate at times near Sutherland, otherwise rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high for a time.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in far north, veering westerly 3 or 4, then northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 6 to gale 8 becoming cyclonic then southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 for a time at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Wednesday 19 Sep 2018 at 1200 UTC until Thursday 20 Sep 2018 at 0000 UTC

General situation

Storm Ali tracking northeast across the north of the area for a time this evening.

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 in southeast, then westerly or southwesterly later, 5 to 7 in northwest, 7 to severe gale 9 in southeast
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in southeast
Weather
Rain then showers
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor

For 12 Hours from 0000 UTC on Thursday 20 Sep until 1200 UTC on Thursday 20 Sep

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6 at first in northwest, otherwise 7 to severe gale 9, but
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in southeast
Weather
Showers some heavy with a risk of thunderstorms
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate or poor.
Channel Islands
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 5 Jersey southward, 5 to 6 northward, perhaps locally 7 mid-channel at first, decreasing 3 to 4 in the south late afternoon and in the north this evening, generally increasing 4 to 5 by midnight, occasionally 6 in the north.
Sea state
Rather rough to rough in the north this afternoon, otherwise slight to moderate, increasing moderate to rather rough in the north on Thursday.
Weather
Isolated showers until mid-afternoon, mainly in the north of the area, mist patches around dawn.
Visibility
Good, locally moderate Thursday morning, perhaps poor around dawn.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6 increasing 6 to 7 by evening, locally gale 8 mid-channel, veering west to northwest overnight, decreasing 5 to 6 during the morning.
Sea state
Moderate to rather rough with a low swell, increasing rather rough to rough in the evening, locally very rough mid-channel for a time.
Weather
Rain, perhaps locally heavy, spreading from the west during the evening, clearing by dawn, isolated showers developing.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate to poor for a time.

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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