Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

An area of high pressure will be over the United Kingdom for the rest of Monday, bringing settled weather conditions to the british inshore waters. However, strong winds persist in the far north and Atlantic weather fronts will give some rain to the northwest on Tuesday.

Issued at:

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

Inshore waters forecast and strong winds map

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney (1)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, but increasing 5 to 7 in northwest and later elsewhere, perhaps gale 8 later near Cape Wrath.
Sea state
Rough or very rough to the west and north of Orkney and smooth or slight in Moray Firth, but elsewhere slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 near Cape Wrath and 4 in Moray Firth, veering northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough to the west and north of Orkney, elsewhere slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 1 to 3 for at first in north, otherwise southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in Firth of Forth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first in Firth of Forth and rough later in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 3 at first, veering northwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate in north, slight or moderate in south.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, veering northwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 2 or 3, becoming variable 3 or less, then southwesterly 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first near northeast Norfolk, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 2 to 4, increasing 4 or 5, veering northwesterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly 1 or 2, becoming variable 3 or less, then southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4 for a time later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming westerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 or less, becoming east or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4, becoming variable 3 or less, then west 3 or 4 later, veering north 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in south.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly (8)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 2 to 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southwest 3 or 4, veering north or northwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east until later, slight or moderate elsewhere, occasionally rough later near channel islands.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel (9)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later in far west and smooth in Bristol Channel and severn estuary.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 2 to 4, veering southwest 3 to 5, then north or northwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth or slight in far east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel (10)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, becoming southerly 2 to 4, increasing 4 or 5 later, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, veering northwesterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south or southeast 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later except in Liverpool Bay.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South veering southwest 4 to 6, then northwest later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first in Liverpool Bay, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Isle of Man (12)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Mainly slight, occasionally moderate later in south.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 2 to 4, increasing 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight until later except in far north, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, veering northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in far north.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel (14)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first except near the Mull of Kintyre, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 4 to 6, veering southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough to the north and west of islay.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate to the southeast of islay and jura, but elsewhere moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough in far north and later in south, but elsewhere slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate in central areas.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West backing southwest, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in northwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in north and west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times, mainly fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland (18)

Valid Monday 17 Jan 2022 at 1800 UTC until Tuesday 18 Jan 2022 at 0600 UTC

General situation

Ridge of high pressure from the south builds back over Shetland Waters, some weak troughs in the westerly airstream on Tuesday.

Forecast

Wind
West backing southwesterly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in the west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, but moderate in lee shelter of shetland.
Weather
Patchy rain becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Tuesday 18 Jan until 1800 UTC on Tuesday 18 Jan

Wind
Southwesterly 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later in the northwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, but moderate in lee shelter of shetland.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Channel Islands (19)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeast to east 1 to 3, veering southeasterly 2 to 4 overnight, backing easterly 1 to 3 towards dusk tomorrow.
Sea state
Smooth, locally slight, with a low swell.
Weather
Risk of mist or fog patches from midnight until midday, mainly near the french coast.
Visibility
Good, perhaps locally poor or very poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or variable 1 to 3, becoming westerly 2 to 4 by morning, veering northerly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth locally slight, with a low swell, becoming mainly slight later, perhaps locally moderate.
Weather
Patchy light rain or drizzle developing overnight, becoming briefly heavier around midday.
Visibility
Good, locally moderate or perhaps poor at times.

The inshore waters forecast information

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 around the British Isles are divided into 19 areas which extend up to 12 nautical miles offshore.

The forecast contains details of wind direction and force, sea state, weather and visibility.

Strong coastal winds (force 6 or more) are displayed for the first 24 hours of the inshore waters forecast.

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