Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

A fresh to strong flow will extend across the British Isles at first. High pressure near Iceland will become dominant through Monday, slowly extending colder northerly winds southwards across all areas during 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
Variable 2 to 4, becoming north 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough except in Moray Firth.
Weather
Showers, occasionally wintry later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly backing northerly or northwesterly later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in east.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in west, becoming moderate or rough later in east.
Weather
Showers, perhaps wintry later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East backing northeast backing north or northwest later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, backing north or northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly backing northerly later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain at times in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain or drizzle for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate offshore.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, backing north or northeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, smooth or slight in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, smooth or slight in east.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, but slight or moderate in far south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in far south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far northwest.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in far northwest.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, backing north or northeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6, backing northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, but slight or moderate in North Channel.
Weather
Showers at first in North Channel.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in North Channel.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast backing north or northeast later, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth or slight in sheltered east.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 for a time in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth or slight in sheltered east.
Weather
Showers developing, mainly in north.
Visibility
Good.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast, 3 to 5, backing north or northeast later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in far north.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate northeast of skye, otherwise smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later, occasionally rough later in far north.
Weather
Showers, perhaps wintry later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast, 3 to 5, backing north or northeast later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but moderate or rough in north.
Weather
Showers, perhaps wintry later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming north 4 to 6 later, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, wintry later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Monday 05 Dec 2022 at 0600 UTC until Monday 05 Dec 2022 at 1800 UTC

General situation

A cold front edges south across Shetland waters this morning introducing an increasingly cold, showery northerly airstream.

Forecast

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5 at first in south, otherwise northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later
Sea state
Slight at first in sheltered eastern waters, otherwise moderate
Weather
Occasional rain the showers
Visibility
Moderate or good

Outlook for 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Monday 05 Dec until 0600 UTC on Tuesday 06 Dec

Wind
North 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later
Sea state
Moderate soon becoming rough
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Mainly good

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East to northeast 4 to 5 in mid channel, perhaps occasionally 6 later, otherwise east to southeast 2 to 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight with a low swell developing later, becoming moderate in mid channel later.
Weather
Occasional haze scattered showers in the north of the area mist and fog patches near french coasts this morning.
Visibility
Moderate to good, locally poor or very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East to northeast 4 to 6 mid channel, otherwise east to southeast 3 to 5, backing northeast and decreasing 1 to 2 for a time in the sheltered east of the area.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rather rough in mid channel at first, otherwise smooth or slight with a low swell at first.
Weather
Occasional haze scattered showers moving southwards across the area mist and fog patches near french coasts later.
Visibility
Moderate to good, locally poor to very poor later.

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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