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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

A frontal trough will move eastwards across the United Kingdom during Monday morning, with high pressure then building across the country from the west.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in northeast, then veering westerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in north, mainly slight in Moray Firth.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly veering northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in north, slight or moderate in Moray Firth.
Weather
Occasional rain, then showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate for a time.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly becoming variable 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable mainly southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north, veering northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 until later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain with fog patches, then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or very poor, becoming good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 5 or 6, backing north 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain with fog patches, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or very poor, becoming good later.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming north 5 or 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional with fog patches, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or very poor, becoming good later.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later in north.
Weather
Occasional rain with fog patches, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or very poor, becoming good later.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, veering northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, veering north 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but rough in far west.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, veering north 5 or 6, veering northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far west.
Weather
Occasional rain, then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate for a time.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough in southwest.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, veering north 5 or 6, veering northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far southwest.
Weather
Occasional rain then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate for a time.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in north, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest veering north 5 or 6, veering northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far south.
Weather
Occasional rain, then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate for a time.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, veering west 3 or 4, veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time, veering north 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate until later.
Weather
Rain at first, then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.
Isle of Man

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 3 or 4, veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first, rain for a time later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, veering north or northeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West veering northwest later, 4 or 5 occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough until later in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly veering northwesterly later, 4 or 5 occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in North Channel.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest veering northwest later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast, veering southwest 4 or 5, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far south.
Weather
Occasional rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 or 6, veering northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far south.
Weather
Showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast, veering southwest 4 or 5, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 or 6, veering northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later, then veering westerly 3 or 4 in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight to east of Shetland until later.
Weather
Occasional rain later in west.
Visibility
Good, moderate or poor, later in west.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Monday 19 Feb 2018 at 0000 UTC until Monday 19 Feb 2018 at 1200 UTC

General situation

A trough of low pressure will move slowly northeastwards across Shetland Waters during Monday.

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5
Sea state
Moderate or rough but slight to the east of shetland
Weather
Rain in southwest later.
Visibility
Good becoming moderate or poor in southwest later.

For 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Monday 19 Feb until 0000 UTC on Tuesday 20 Feb

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5 increasing 6 or 7, veering westerly 3 or 4 in west later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough but slight to the east of shetland at first
Weather
Fair in east. Occasional rain or drizzle in west.
Visibility
Good in east but moderate occasionally poor in west.
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West to northwest 1 to 3, locally southerly in the east of the area at first, veering northwest and increasing 3 to 4 during the morning, further increasing 4 to 5 from midday.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, increasing slight to moderate in the afternoon.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, becoming intermittent by midday mist or fog, becoming patchy by midday and mostly clearing during the evening.
Visibility
Poor to very poor, becoming moderate to good in the afternoon, locally poor to very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest to north 4 to 5, increasing 5 to 6 during the morning, veering north to northeast by evening.
Sea state
Slight to moderate with swell, perhaps locally rather rough from midday.
Weather
Occasional rain and drizzle, with mist and a risk of fog patches, clearing in the afternoon.
Visibility
Moderate to good, locally poor, perhaps 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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