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Inshore waters forecast

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

General situation

A frontal wave will bring rain and showers for many northern areas on Wednesday, whilst sea fog is expected to develop with patchy drizzle for coastlines further south. As a fresher northerly airflow becomes established during Thursday, many areas will see fair weather developing with just some showers at times in the north.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic 3 or 4, becoming west or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northwest, 4 or 5, becoming west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight , occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later near Rattray Head.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later near Rattray Head.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest, 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5, then becoming west 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, veering northwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate for a time.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest, veering north for a time, 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough for a time near Whitby.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later, then becoming variable later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches, becoming fair.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly, veering northwesterly, 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later, occasionally 6 at first in east.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Occasional drizzle and fog patches, becoming fair.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West, veering north or northwest, 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less for a time.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle and fog patches, becoming fair.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in west.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest, veering north, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle and fog patches, becoming fair.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest, veering north, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle and fog patches, becoming fair.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, veering northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches and occasional drizzle, becoming mainly fair later.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly, veering northerly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, veering northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain and fog patches, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally gale 8 at first in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain and fog patches, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest, veering west or northwest, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in northwest.
Weather
Showers at first.
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
Southwesterly, veering westerly or northwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in Firth of Clyde.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming west or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5, then veering west or northwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5, then veering west or northwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate, occasionally slight later in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Wednesday 20 Jun 2018 at 0000 UTC until Wednesday 20 Jun 2018 at 1200 UTC

General situation

A deep low in the Norwegian Sea will fill north. A shallow low is expected to move northeast through Scotland and into the North Sea on Wednesday.

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, decreasing 3 or 4 in south
Sea state
Rough or very rough but high in north at first, become moderate in south and east
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Good.

For 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Wednesday 20 Jun until 0000 UTC on Thursday 21 Jun

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, but 5 at first in north
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight east of shetland
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Good
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest to west 2 to 3, occasionally 4, locally variable or north guernsey southwards, becoming generally northwest 3 to 5 late Wednesday evening.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate late Wednesday evening.
Weather
Mist or fog banks a little drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor, occasionally good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, veering northerly 4 to 5 by dawn, perhaps locally 6, decreasing 3 to 4 in the afternoon.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, soon increasing moderate by dawn, decreasing slight by evening, with a low swell.
Weather
Mist or fog patches and a little drizzle, clearing by mid morning.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor, becoming good by mid morning.

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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