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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

The British Isles will continue to be affected by a south to southwesterly airflow during the next couple of days.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4 becoming south 4 or 5, occasionally 6 except in Moray Firth and increasing 7 for a time later near Cape Wrath.
Sea state
Slight throughout in Moray Firth, but elsewhere slight or moderate, occasionally rough to the west and north of Orkney.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in Moray Firth and near northern Sutherland.
Sea state
Slight throughout in Moray Firth, but elsewhere slight or moderate, occasionally rough to the west and north of Orkney.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time in north, becoming variable 3 at times in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in north, slight in south.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly 5 or 6, occasionally variable 4 in south, increasing 7 at times in north.
Sea state
Slight at first in south, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest backing south 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, then increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable becoming south or southwest, 3 or 4, then backing southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly, becoming variable mainly southeasterly later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in north, becoming variable 2 at times in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in east, becoming variable 2, then easterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South backing east 3 or 4, occasionally 2 at first, increasing 5 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East 4 or 5 veering southeast 3 or 4, then becoming variable 2 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in west.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly backing southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first near the Isles of Scilly, becoming variable 3 at times in east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near the Isles of Scilly.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first near the Isles of Scilly, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly backing southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west, decreasing 3 at times in Bristol Channel.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in west, slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 except in far east, then decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in west, slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 5 or 6, but mainly 3 or 4 at first in Cardigan Bay, then occasionally 7 for a time in far north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, then veering south or southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in far south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally variable 3 in Liverpool Bay, increasing 6 at times elsewhere.
Sea state
Slight in Liverpool Bay, but elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north, then veering southerly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight in Liverpool Bay, but elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 5 or 6, backing southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast veering south 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in far north, then perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in north, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in North Channel, then decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later in north.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in Firth of Clyde, then perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough except in Firth of Clyde.
Weather
Rain for a time, mainly in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in North Channel, decreasing 4 at times in Firth of Clyde.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in Firth of Clyde, but elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, then increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Slight at first in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Tiree.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first near Tiree.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 5 or 6 increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight to the north of Skye.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8, but mainly 5 at first in north, then veering southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight to the north of Skye.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 5 or 6 increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough except near Sutherland.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8, but mainly 5 at first in north, then veering southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough near Sutherland, but elsewhere rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 4 or 5, increasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough, but occasionally very rough later in northwest.
Weather
Drizzle and fog patches for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Thursday 21 Feb 2019 at 1800 UTC until Friday 22 Feb 2019 at 0600 UTC

General situation

Warm front soon pushing northeast through the area with a moist brisk South-SW flow persisting.

Wind
South 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in northwest, but slight near east coast
Weather
Occasional mist or fog patches later
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later

For 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Friday 22 Feb until 1800 UTC on Friday 22 Feb

Wind
South 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first
Sea state
Rough or very rough, but moderate near east coast
Weather
Occasional drizzle, mist or fog patches at first, fair later
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 2 to 4, backing east during Friday afternoon.
Sea state
Slight, locally moderate in the west and north of the area.
Weather
Risk of mist or fog patches near the Normandy coast extending to some other areas for a time during the morning, but otherwise mostly fine.
Visibility
Moderate or good, locally poor or very poor in any mist or fog.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4, veering south or southeast 4 locally 5 overnight, then backing east or southeast 2 to 4 during the afternoon.
Sea state
Slight with a mainly moderate swell, decreasing to a low swell by midday.
Weather
Risk of mist or fog patches near the French coast spreading to other areas by Saturday morning, then mostly fine from mid-afternoon.
Visibility
Moderate or good, but poor or very poor in mist and fog patches.

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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