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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 has become established to the west of Ireland, bringing fair weather for most and a fresher northerly or northwesterly airflow for much of the United Kingdom. However, strong to gale force winds are expected at times along northern, eastern and some western coasts.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest backing west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight in the Moray Firth.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in northwest.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest backing west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first near Rattray Head, decreasing 3 or 4.
Sea state
Rough until later near Rattray Head, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth near shore.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6 for a time in northeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time in far northeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5 at times in east, otherwise variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate for a time later in far northeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times, becoming westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 3 or less later, then becoming west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less east of Lizard Point.
Sea state
Mainly moderate in far west, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, decreasing 2 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first near Isles of Scilly.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth in shelter.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, decreasing 2 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 at times in shelter.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or less later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth in southeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5 at first in the North Channel, otherwise variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate in far 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
Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 at times except in the North Channel.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later in shelter.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest backing west 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in shelter.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
The Minch

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly backing westerly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in shelter.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far north.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly backing westerly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly, backing westerly later in west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in southeast, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first, becoming slight later east of Shetland.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Thursday 21 Jun 2018 at 1800 UTC until Friday 22 Jun 2018 at 0600 UTC

General situation

A strong northwesterly airstream covers Shetland waters.

Strong winds are forecast
Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in southeast.
Sea state
Rough, but slight or moderate in well sheltered eastern waters.
Weather
Showers soon dying out.
Visibility
Mainly good.

For 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Friday 22 Jun until 1800 UTC on Friday 22 Jun

Wind
Northwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight in well sheltered eastern waters.
Weather
Outbreaks of rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly 3 to 4, locally 5, veering northeast around dawn, backing northerly by midday.
Sea state
Slight, perhaps locally moderate.
Weather
Fair or fine.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North to northeast 3 to 4, veering northeast to east 2 to 3 around dawn, locally variable.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair or fine.
Visibility
Good.

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.

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