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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

A strong, cold and showery westerly or northwesterly airflow will become established across all waters. Winds generally decreasing during Wednesday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 or less later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest, becoming slight in moray first.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, rain at first in east.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in northwest.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, veering west or northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north.
Weather
Showers becoming wintry.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate near Rattray Head.
Weather
Wintry showers then fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, veering west or northwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 or less later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers becoming wintry.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest, veering west, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers becoming wintry, rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4, veering northeast 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly, veering westerly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north, becoming smooth later in shelter.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers, becoming wintry.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering northwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, veering northerly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers in east.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in east.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Showers becoming wintry, rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, veering north 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in shelter, becoming very rough near the Isles of Scilly.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time in west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in west, veering northerly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in far west, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 in the Bristol Channel.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Lands End.
Weather
Showers, wintry for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Lands End.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, squally for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming smooth or slight later in north.
Weather
Showers, wintry at first.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Wintry showers, squally for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first near Great Orme Head, becoming smooth later in east.
Weather
Showers, wintry at first.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Wintry showers later.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 or 6, veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in far north, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
Sea state
Rough or very rough for a time in far north, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, squally at first.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
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 southwesterly, veering northwesterly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough, but very rough for a time near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
Sea state
Rough for a time near Mull of Kintyre, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Wintry showers, squally at first.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time in far west.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Wintry showers, squally at first.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly, veering northwesterly, 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in far south, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Snow showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, becoming northwesterly, 3 or 4 in north, otherwise northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in far south, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly, veering northwesterly, 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 in north.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Snow showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, becoming northwesterly, 3 or 4 in north, otherwise northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Tuesday 22 Jan 2019 at 0000 UTC until Tuesday 22 Jan 2019 at 1200 UTC

General situation

A frontal trough will move northeast across Shetland waters on Tuesday with a low then developing over the area in the evening.

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8, veering northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, except in far east.
Sea state
Rough or very rough
Weather
Occasional rain
Visibility
Moderate or good

For 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Tuesday 22 Jan until 0000 UTC on Wednesday 23 Jan

Wind
Southerly 7 or gale 8 at first in far east, otherwise northerly 4 or 5 becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough occasionally very rough
Weather
Occasional rain or showers
Visibility
Moderate or good
Channel Islands
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South to southwest 5 to 7, perhaps locally gale 8 in the northwest of the area, veering northwest 5 to 6 by dawn with gusts to 35kt near showers, backing westerly for a time during the afternoon.
Sea state
Moderate to rather rough, locally rough at times in northwest overnight, increasing rather rough to rough in the afternoon.
Weather
Occasional rain, locally heavy, soon clearing southeast to isolated showers scattered heavy showers developing in the afternoon with a risk of hail.
Visibility
Good, moderate to poor in rain or showers.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 to 5, soon increasing and veering northwest to north 5 to 7, further veering and decreasing north to northeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rather rough to rough, becoming moderate to rather rough later, with a low swell.
Weather
Scattered showers, locally heavy with the risk of hail, becoming isolated during the morning.
Visibility
Good, locally moderate to poor in showers.

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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