This website uses cookies. Read about how we use cookies.

Close window

Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

High pressure to the south and low to the north will maintain a moist southwesterly flow over the inshore waters of the United Kingdom.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6, increasing 7 at times later near Cape Wrath.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, but moderate in far northwest.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, rain later.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in northwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth at first in Moray Firth, but occasionally moderate later near Rattray Head.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 , increasing 6 at times later in north.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in south.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate later.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly, backing southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in east.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West, backing southwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West, backing southwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate later around Isles of Scilly and Lands End.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far west.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time later.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West, backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair, but occasional drizzle for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering west, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in far west.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time later.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in northwest.
Weather
Showers.
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 southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate occasionally rough later near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 for a time near Mull of Kintyre.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest, veering west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Shetland Isles

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 at 1800 UTC until Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 at 0600 UTC

General situation

An Atlantic low will push a frontal trough over Shetland Tuesday then move northeast over Iceland, bringing southwesterly winds to Shetland waters.

Wind
South veering southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, mist or fog patches
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor or very poor.

For 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Wednesday 15 Aug until 1800 UTC on Wednesday 15 Aug

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 4 to 5 decreasing 3 to 4 overnight, backing southwest in the afternoon, locally variable 1 to 3 jersey southward.
Sea state
Slight, perhaps occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Mist and a risk of fog patches, perhaps a little drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate, perhaps poor or very poor at times.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest to west 3 to 4, locally variable 1 to 3 jersey southward at first, increasing generally 3 to 5 around dawn, veering northwest 4 early afternoon.
Sea state
Slight, locally moderate in the north and west Thursday morning with a low swell.
Weather
Mist and the risk of fog patches at times rain spreading in from the west Thursday morning perhaps locally heavy.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate, perhaps poor or very poor at times.

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.

 

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

Caution: The internet is not part of the Maritime Safety Information system and should never be relied upon as the only means to obtain the latest forecast and warning information. Access to the service may be interrupted or delayed from time to time, updates may also be delayed. Please refer to GMDSS services, INMARSAT SafetyNET or international NAVTEX for the latest information. When using these web pages, always check that the page on your screen is not from your cache. Use the Refresh or Reload button if in any doubt.

Follow us on

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, or LinkedIn Facebook Follow @metoffice on Twitter YouTube Instagram Snapchat LinkedIn