Close window
Close window
This section of the new site isn't ready yet. We've brought you back to the current site.

Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

A large area of high pressure will remain slow moving in the Southwest Approaches throughout this forecast period, keeping most places fine and quiet.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in north.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, mainly in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north, but decreasing 4 at times in Moray Firth.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in north.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, mainly in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Moderate becoming slight near shore.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable mainly westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in north, smooth or slight in south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate until later in north, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate at first in far east, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly northwest later, 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming north 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming northeast 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in far west, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly north or northeast, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in far west, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly north or northwest, 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southwest, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly northwest, 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southwest, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly west or southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly west, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Isle of Man

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less becoming west 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in north.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in north.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in far north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate near Mull of Kintyre, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in far north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate near Mull of Kintyre, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Rough in far north and in far south, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Rough in far north and in far south, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor, mainly in north.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor, mainly in north.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate in sheltered east, otherwise rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Tuesday 26 Mar 2019 at 0000 UTC until Tuesday 26 Mar 2019 at 1200 UTC

General situation

High pressure will be slow moving over southern UK with a weak front across Shetland at times.

Wind
West 4 or 5 increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later

For 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Tuesday 26 Mar until 0000 UTC on Wednesday 27 Mar

Wind
West 6 or 7 decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
Weather
Occasional rain
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North to northwest 2 to 4, locally variable 1 to 2 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Risk of mist patches near the French coast early morning, otherwise fair or fine.
Visibility
Good, perhaps locally moderate to poor near French coast early morning.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North to northeast 2 to 4, perhaps locally variable 1 to 2 at times, veering northeast to east during the evening.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, with a low swell.
Weather
Fair or cloudy.
Visibility
Good.

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.

 

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.

Caution: The internet is not part of the Maritime Safety Information system and should never be relied upon as the only means to obtain the latest forecast and warning information. Access to the service may be interrupted or delayed from time to time, updates may also be delayed. Please refer to GMDSS services, INMARSAT SafetyNET or international NAVTEX for the latest information. When using these web pages, always check that the page on your screen is not from your cache. Use the Refresh or Reload button if in any doubt.

Follow us on

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, or LinkedIn Facebook Follow @metoffice on Twitter YouTube Instagram Snapchat LinkedIn