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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

High pressure will cover the southeast of the United Kingdom on Friday, with low pressure over the Atlantic giving gales to some northwestern waters.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, backing southeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, veering south or southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north, and also near Rattray Head at first.
Weather
Showers later in north.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first in south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South, veering southwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in far north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4, backing southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later near Whitby.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, veering south or southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 3 or less, backing southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming smooth for a time in south, occasionally moderate later near Whitby.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, veering south 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in north, becoming smooth in far south.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southeasterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming easterly or southeasterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth near North Foreland.
Weather
Fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in far east.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in shelter.
Weather
Fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast, becoming variable later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in shelter.
Weather
Fog patches for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west, but 3 at first in Lyme Bay.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but very rough for a time near the Isles of Scilly.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in west, backing east 3 or less later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later in shelter in east.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west, decreasing 3 at times in the Bristol Channel.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but very rough for a time in west.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in the Bristol Channel.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in the west, decreasing 3 or less.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight in the Bristol Channel.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but very rough for a time near St Davids Head.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, veering south 4 or 5, decreasing 3 or less later.
Sea state
Rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north, but smooth for a time in far south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeasterly, veering southerly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, decreasing 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but rough for a time in north, becoming smooth later in far south.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast, veering southwest later, 5 or 6 decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight later.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
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 southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain for a time, mainly in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 near Tiree.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first near Tiree, veering southwest 5 or 6 later, then becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but very rough for a time near Tiree.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in far south, becoming slight later in shelter.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough occasionally very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Drizzle for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Friday 22 Feb 2019 at 0000 UTC until Friday 22 Feb 2019 at 1200 UTC

General situation

High pressure centred near Denmark and low pressure over the Atlantic maintain a fairly strong southerly airstream across Shetland Waters.

Wind
South 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
In far west, rough becoming very rough, elsewhere moderate becoming rough, but slight at first near east coast
Weather
Mainly fair. Fog patches in east for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, but occasionally very poor in east for a time.

For 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Friday 22 Feb until 0000 UTC on Saturday 23 Feb

Wind
South 5 or 6.
Sea state
Very rough in northwest, elsewhere rough, but moderate near east coast.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 2 to 4 backing east during Friday afternoon, then during the evening veering southeast and locally increasing 5 mid-channel.
Sea state
Slight, locally moderate in the west and north of the area.
Weather
Mist patches with a risk of fog patches, especially near the French coast during morning and evening, mostly fine during afternoon.
Visibility
Moderate to good, locally poor or very poor in any mist or fog.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 3 to 4, locally 5 mid-channel till dawn then decreasing 2 to 3 around midday and backing east to northeast during evening.
Sea state
Slight with a low swell, but locally moderate during early hours of Saturday.
Weather
Mist patches with risk of fog patches, especially near the French coast during morning and evening, mostly fine during afternoon.
Visibility
Moderate or good but poor or very poor in mist and fog patches.

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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