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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

The very mild southerly airflow over the United Kingdom will persist for the next couple of days, although in southern and eastern areas the wind will be light and variable for much of the time.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest backing south or southeast, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time at first, then occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, but occasionally rough to the west and north of Orkney.
Weather
Rain later in northwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor near Rattray Head and eastern Orkney.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly backing southeasterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, but decreasing 2 or 3 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, but occasionally rough to the west and north of Orkney.
Weather
Rain at times, mainly in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming south 4 or 5 later, occasionally 6 later near Rattray Head.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in north, slight throughout in south.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in north, smooth or slight in south.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable becoming southerly or southeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 2 at first, increasing 5 at times later in north.
Sea state
Slight, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4, becoming variable 1 or 2 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable mainly southeasterly 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable mainly southeasterly 3 or less, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable mainly easterly 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable mainly easterly 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or northeast 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly, veering southeasterly in west, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Fog patches in west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in west, but backing northeasterly 2 at times in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in west.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 2 at first, then increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Rough at first in far west, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches at first in west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 2 at first, then increasing 5 at times.
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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less becoming east or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable becoming southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 2 at first, then increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Liverpool Bay, but elsewhere slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally variable 2 at first, increasing 5 at times later near the Mull of Galloway.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Liverpool Bay, but elsewhere slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Isle of Man

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally variable 2 at first, then increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally variable 2 at first, increasing 5 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 increasing 4 or 5, then increasing 5 to 7 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches at first in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
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 or southeasterly 3 increasing 4 or 5, then increasing 5 to 7 in North Channel.
Sea state
Slight in Firth of Clyde, but elsewhere slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches at first in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in North Channel, becoming variable 3 at times in Firth of Clyde.
Sea state
Slight in Firth of Clyde, but elsewhere slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less becoming southeast 5 to 7, then veering south 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Mainly moderate or rough, but slight in shelter.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally variable 3 at first, then increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Mainly moderate or rough, but slight in shelter.
Weather
Rain then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest backing southeast 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time at first, then veering south 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in south.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest backing southeast 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time at first, then veering south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Mainly moderate or rough, but slight or moderate to the north of Skye.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest backing southeast 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time at first, then veering south 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough to the west of the Outer Hebrides.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest backing southeast 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time at first, then veering south 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough near Sutherland, but elsewhere rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest backing south 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in northwest, becoming slight at times in east.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Sunday 24 Feb 2019 at 0000 UTC until Sunday 24 Feb 2019 at 1200 UTC

General situation

Complex lows to northwest maintaining a brisk SW'ly flow, and spreading a front from the west late Sunday.

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest, but slight near east coast
Weather
Fair
Visibility
Good

For 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Sunday 24 Feb until 0000 UTC on Monday 25 Feb

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest, but slight near east coast
Weather
Mainly fair, then rain later
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or variable 1 to 3, occasionally 4, especially by evening.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mist or fog patches drifting from French coasts Sunday morning, mostly clearing by late afternoon.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor or very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or southeast 2 or 3, occasionally 4, backing east or northeast for a time in the afternoon.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, with a low to moderate swell.
Weather
Risk of mist or fog patches drifting from French coasts Monday morning.
Visibility
Moderate or good, perhaps occasionally poor or 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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