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Inshore waters forecast

Issued at:

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

General situation

A large area of high pressure will remain slow moving to the southwest of the United Kingdom, maintaining quiet conditions here. However, an area of low pressure moving eastwards from Iceland to Norway will keep northern areas windy, and these stronger winds will extend to many eastern areas during the rest of today and Monday.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, veering northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 at times later.
Sea state
Very rough or high to the north and west of Orkney, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough in east.
Weather
Squally showers, mainly fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, backing westerly 4 or 5, then backing southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming moderate or rough to the north and west of Orkney, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in east.
Weather
Mainly fair then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly veering northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but rough or very rough near Rattray Head.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing westerly or southwesterly later.
Sea state
Mainly rough at first near Rattray Head, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or less later, then west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Whitby to Gibraltar Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, then veering northwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing west 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough until later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Gibraltar Point to North Foreland
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable becoming westerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, then veering northwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough until later in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
North Foreland to Selsey Bill
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeasterly becoming variable, 3 or 4, then northwesterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeast becoming variable, 3 or 4, then northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeasterly backing northwesterly, 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time in east.
Sea state
Moderate in far west, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly veering northeasterly, but becoming variable at times, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Moderate in far west, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeasterly backing northwesterly, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth later in Bristol Channel.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times at first.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, backing west 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Isle of Man
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

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

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, veering westerly or northwesterly 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in far north, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time in south.
Sea state
Rough or very rough at first in north, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, mainly fair later.
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, 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly backing westerly, 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Rough at first near Mull of Kintyre, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, mainly fair later.
Visibility
Good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly veering northwesterly 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but mainly very rough at first in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.
The Minch
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in central areas, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time in far north.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in central areas, otherwise moderate or rough, but mainly very rough at first in far north and far south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Shetland Isles
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest later, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in sheltered east, otherwise very rough or high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

Valid Sunday 24 Mar 2019 at 0600 UTC until Sunday 24 Mar 2019 at 1800 UTC

General situation

A strong to gale force showery westerly then northwesterly airstream covers Shetland waters, easing later

Wind
Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8
Sea state
Very rough or high, but moderate or rough in well sheltered eastern waters
Weather
Squally wintry showers
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor

For 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Sunday 24 Mar until 0600 UTC on Monday 25 Mar

Wind
West soon veering northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 later
Sea state
Very rough or high, but moderate or rough in well sheltered eastern waters
Weather
Squally showers dying out
Visibility
Mainly good
Channel Islands
Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East to northeast 2 to 4, backing north to northwest in the afternoon, increasing 4 to 5 by late evening, perhaps occasionally 6 mid-channel towards dawn.
Sea state
Slight, locally moderate later.
Weather
Mist and a risk of a little patchy rain or drizzle, clearing early afternoon.
Visibility
Moderate to poor, becoming mainly good in the afternoon.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly 4 to 5, perhaps occasionally 6 mid-channel, decreasing 2 to 4 late afternoon, veering northeast to east 2 or 3 during the evening, becoming variable 1 to 3 overnight.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate until early afternoon, with a low swell.
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.

 

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