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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

The United Kingdom currently lies under a generally slack but cold airmass. Later today a warm front will slowly spread eastwards from the west to bring milder and breezier conditions to all areas.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest, backing south or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later, then veering west later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, rough or very rough in north.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest, backing south or southwest later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first, then increasing 7 at times later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5 later, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest for a time, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times until later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, backing southwesterly later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers in east, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming westerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain at times later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 west of the Lizard peninsula.
Sea state
Slight in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest, backing west, then backing southwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first in lyme bay, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough later near Isles of Scilly.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times later in far west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough near Cornwall, slight or moderate elsewhere.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest, backing west, then backing southwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far southwest.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest, backing west for a time later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in far south.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest, backing west, then backing southwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less, then becoming west or southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, then backing south or southwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest, backing west or southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, then backing south or southwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly, backing westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in far north, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West backing southwest later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
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
Northwesterly becoming variable, 3 or 4, then becoming westerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly, backing southwesterly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5, then veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 or 6, backing southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, then veering westerly later, occasionally 7 later in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly, 5 to 7, but becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time in north, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in far north.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, then veering westerly later, occasionally 7 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly, 5 to 7, but becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time in north, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable becoming southwest, 3 or 4, backing south 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Thursday 24 Jan 2019 at 0600 UTC until Thursday 24 Jan 2019 at 1800 UTC

General situation

A low moving SW towards the Faeroes through Thursday swings a frontal trough across Shetland waters overnight.

Wind
Variable becoming southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later
Sea state
Moderate or rough
Weather
Wintry showers
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor

For 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Thursday 24 Jan until 0600 UTC on Friday 25 Jan

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing southerly, then veering westerly later, 5 to 7
Sea state
Moderate or rough
Weather
Occasional rain, showers in west later
Visibility
Moderate or good
Channel Islands

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast or variable 1 to 3, becoming generally west to northwest 2 to 4 from midday, locally 5 mid-channel around dawn.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, perhaps locally moderate overnight in the west.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle developing, with mist and a risk of fog patches overnight.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate, perhaps locally poor to very poor overnight.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 3 to 4, increasing 4 to 5 during the morning, backing west to northwest in the afternoon, further backing west to southwest overnight.
Sea state
Slight to moderate, with a low swell.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle with mist and a risk of fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate to good, occasionally 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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