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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

Pressure remains low near the Faeroes bringing a showery westerly airflow across the United Kingdom, but rain will move across southern areas overnight.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in northwest, slight or moderate in southeast.
Weather
Wintry showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southeasterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in northwest, slight or moderate in southeast.
Weather
Wintry showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later, then becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly 4 or 5, backing northwesterly, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 to 7, backing south or southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast, backing north 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less, then becoming south 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 to 7, backing south or southwest 4 or 5, veering west 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near the Isles of Scilly, but slight in shelter.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming west 5 or 6 later except in Lyme Bay.
Sea state
Slight at times in Lyme Bay, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near the Isles of Scilly.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, backing southerly 4 or 5, then veering westerly 6 to gale 8 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in shelter, becoming very rough later near Lands End.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeasterly 4 or 5 at first in north, otherwise westerly 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming westerly 5 or 6 later except in the Bristol Channel.
Sea state
Rough or very rough at times in southwest, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in south.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming mainly slight later.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5 for a time at first, then becoming southeast 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming south or southeast 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in north, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5 for a time at first, then becoming southeast 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers at first, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5 for a time at first, then becoming southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in the North Channel.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Wintry showers at first, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, decreasing mainly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate in shelter, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming south or southeast 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough at times in west, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8 in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8 in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight east of Shetland, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Friday 19 Jan 2018 at 0600 UTC until Friday 19 Jan 2018 at 1800 UTC

General situation

A complex area of low pressure will cover, and extend north off, Shetland during the period.

Wind
Cyclonic mainly westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in south
Sea state
Moderate or rough, although slight in shelter near east Shetland
Weather
Wintry showers
Visibility
Good occasionally poor

For 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Friday 19 Jan until 0600 UTC on Saturday 20 Jan

Wind
Cyclonic mainly westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in south
Sea state
Moderate or rough, although slight in shelter near east Shetland
Weather
Wintry showers
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Channel Islands
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West to northwest 5 to 6, occasionally 7 with gusts to 45kt near showers, backing west to southwest during the evening, then southwest to south around midnight, veering west gale 8 by dawn.
Sea state
Rather rough to rough, locally very rough Saturday morning.
Weather
Scattered rain or hail showers with the risk of thunder, dying out during the evening, then occasional rain spreading east, locally heavy.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate to poor in showers and in rain later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West to northwest gale 8, perhaps occasionally severe gale 9, decreasing 3 to 5 during the afternoon, further decreasing 2 to 3 for a time in the evening, backing southwest to south overnight, locally 4 towards dawn.
Sea state
Rough to very rough, decreasing rather rough to rough in the afternoon, further decreasing moderate with swell in the evening.
Weather
Rain, locally heavy at first, clearing for a time early afternoon.
Visibility
Moderate to poor, occasionally 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.

 

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