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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

A gentle and increasingly humid westerly airstream will affect the United Kingdom during the next two days. However, weak weather fronts will bring murky conditions to some northwestern coasts especially.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less at first and again later in east, otherwise southerly veering southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, then veering westerly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate to north and west of Orkney, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, mainly in north until later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less at times in east, otherwise westerly backing southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate to the north and west of Orkney , otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less at times in north, otherwise westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate in south.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less at times in north, otherwise southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in south, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly southeast veering west or southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly west or southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly south veering west for a time, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly south, veering west for a time, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly 3 or 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in the western Solent, becoming variable 3 or less at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly north backing west later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first in far west, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest, backing west later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in southwest, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable mainly west backing southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair then occasional drizzle with fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly west or southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor or very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional drizzle later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Isle of Man

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in northwest, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches in north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in southeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in northwest, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches in north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north.
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle in far north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in far north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly southwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches in far north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in far north.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches, becoming mainly fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest veering west or southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, then veering west 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight in central areas.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West backing southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth in central areas, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle with fog patches, becoming fair.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally very poor, becoming good.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest veering west or southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, then veering west 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West backing southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle with fog patches, becoming fair.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally very poor, becoming good.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest backing south for a time, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, then veering west 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate, except in sheltered east.
Weather
Fair then occasional rain with fog patches.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate, occasionally very poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Saturday 21 Jul 2018 at 1800 UTC until Sunday 22 Jul 2018 at 0600 UTC

General situation

The weak ridge of high pressure over Shetland waters will decline with a frontal trough crossing from the west overnight.

Wind
Westerly 3 at first in east, otherwise southerly 3 or 4 increasing 5 or 6, then veering southwesterly later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate but smooth in sheltered east.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle with fog patches
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

For 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Sunday 22 Jul until 1800 UTC on Sunday 22 Jul

Wind
Southwest, 5 or 6 veering west 4 or 5, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Mainly moderate in north and west, otherwise slight
Weather
Rain or drizzle and fog patches, clearing to showers
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 1 to 3, locally north 2 to 4 Guernsey southwards, becoming generally northwest to west 2 to 3 by mid morning, locally north 3 to 4 Jersey southeastwards late afternoon.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mist or fog patches, especially overnight and in the morning.
Visibility
Moderate to good, locally poor or very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 2 to 3, locally northerly 3 to 4 Jersey southeastwards at first and again late afternoon.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Risk of mist or fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate to good, perhaps locally poor or 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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