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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

A complex area of low pressure will bring changeable and windy conditions to most areas as it tracks northeastwards just to the north of Scotland. A ridge of high pressure will then follow later Monday and through Tuesday, ahead of further wind and rain bearing weather fronts later Tuesday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest veering west later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Slight at times in inner Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time in far north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth at times in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Mainly rough north of Aberdeen, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough at first north of Aberdeen, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South veering southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight at times near shore, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South veering southwest later, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6, mainly in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight in south.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in northeast.
Weather
Occasional rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west.
Sea state
Slight in Solent, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west for a time, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6, veering west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough in far west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough at first in far west, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest veering west later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in far east, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West backing southwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in far east, otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough at first in southwest.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, veering west or southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in far south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, veering west or southwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight in Liverpool Bay, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest, backing south later, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first, rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 5 to 7, veering southwest later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, veering west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north, becoming slight or moderate later in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West backing south later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.
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 southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly backing southerly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South veering southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasional high for a time in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 or 6, backing south later, 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Mainly good, becoming moderate or poor later.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South becoming cyclonic, 6 to gale 8, then west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in north, rough or very rough in south, occasionally high for a time in far south.
Weather
Occasional rain, or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then south or southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight in central areas.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Mainly good, becoming moderate or poor later.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South becoming cyclonic, 6 to gale 8, then west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time in southwest.
Weather
Occasional rain, or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then south or southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough for a time.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Mainly good, becoming moderate or poor later.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Sunday 17 Feb 2019 at 1800 UTC until Monday 18 Feb 2019 at 0600 UTC

General situation

A strong southwesterly flow covers Shetland waters with an area of low pressure moving northeast to the west of Shetland during Monday.

Wind
South or southwest, 5 to 7
Sea state
Mainly rough, occasionally very rough in north and west
Weather
Showers at first
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate

For 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Monday 18 Feb until 1800 UTC on Monday 18 Feb

Wind
South or southwest, veering northwest later in west, 5 to 7, but becoming cyclonic 3 or 4 later in northwest
Sea state
Very rough in north and west, otherwise rough
Weather
Rain or showers later
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate later
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 to 4, increasing 5 at times in northwest, veering westerly on Monday afternoon.
Sea state
Rather rough in northwest, slight or moderate in southeast.
Weather
Rain at times, occasionally heavy, a risk of fog patches at times near French coasts around dawn.
Visibility
Moderate to good, occasionally poor, perhaps very poor at times near French coasts around dawn.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 3 to 4, backing southwesterly by midday, increasing 5 at times mid-channel.
Sea state
Rather rough in northwest until mid-afternoon on Tuesday, otherwise slight or moderate with a moderate swell.
Weather
Occasional rain at first, then showers from later on Monday evening.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good on Monday evening.

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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