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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

High pressure will build across the United Kingdom from the southwest.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough in north.
Weather
Showers for a time.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, veering westerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, moderate or rough in north.
Weather
Fair, then rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate for a time.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate for a time in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming north 3 or 4 until later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly veering northeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 until later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeasterly veering easterly, becoming variable later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable then north later 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 until later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 until later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough until later in west.
Weather
Occasional rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or northeast becoming variable, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable becoming southwest later, 3 or 4 occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly 3 or 4, veering southwesterly 4 or 5 later, occasionally 6 for a time in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Isle of Man

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 or 3.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 or 3, becoming south or southwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate for a time.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest backing south, 3 or 4 occasionally 5 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, veering west 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly backing southerly, 3 or 4 occasionally 5 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, veering westerly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest backing south later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers for a time.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, veering west or southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair, then rain until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough for a time in far north and far south.
Weather
Showers for a time.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 6 or 7, increasing gale 8 for a time, veering west 5 or 6 later, then backing southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair, then rain until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Showers for a time.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 6 or 7, increasing gale 8 for a time, veering west 5 or 6 later, then backing southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Fair, then rain until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West west 5 or 6 occasionally 7 for a time, backing southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers for a time.
Visibility
Good.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Wednesday 17 Oct 2018 at 1800 UTC until Thursday 18 Oct 2018 at 0600 UTC

General situation

Deep low over Norwegian Sea drifts north whilst ridge of high pressure builds northeast across the UK.

Wind
West, 5 to 7
Sea state
Rough or very rough, but moderate over sheltered eastern waters
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Mainly good

For 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Thursday 18 Oct until 1800 UTC on Thursday 18 Oct

Wind
West 5 or 6 backing southwest 4 or 5
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but very rough at first over northern waters and becoming slight over eastern waters later.
Weather
Fair
Visibility
Good
Channel Islands
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeasterly 2 to 3, increasing 3 to 4 overnight, locally 5 in the north, then 4 to 5 during the morning, perhaps locally 6 in north and west of area.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight to moderate overnight, perhaps locally rather rough in north and west of area.
Weather
Patchy light rain or drizzle, mainly in the north and west of the area tonight, diminishing as it sinks southwards through the morning.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate to poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast 4 to 5, perhaps locally 6 in north and west of area at first, decreasing 4 by midnight, then 3 to 4 Friday morning.
Sea state
Slight to moderate, locally rather rough in north and west of area at first, with a low swell.
Weather
Fair.
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.

 

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