Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

Low presure will become established near Iceland bringing a predominantly westerly airflow across the United Kingdom with some rain, mainly towards the west. High pressure will then build across the south during the weekend.

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)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast veering west or southwest, then becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Moray Firth, otherwise slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming south or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 for a time at first near Cape Wrath.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Rain for a time at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, veering west or southwest, then becoming variable later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth in south.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south or southwest 4 to 5 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable, mainly southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 3 to 5 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, becoming southeast for a time at first, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly veering westerly or southwesterly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate for a time in south.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, becoming southerly or southwesterly for a time, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 at first in east, otherwise westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering west 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Occasional drizzle later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest, veering west for a time, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time near Isles of Scilly.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in east.
Weather
Fair then occasional drizzle with fog patches.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate to very poor.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest for a time later, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Lands End and smooth in Bristol Channel.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in Bristol Channel.
Weather
Fair then occasional drizzle with fog patches.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate to very poor.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, veering west or northwest 3 or 4, then backing southwest later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming mainly smooth east of Anglesey.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in north.
Weather
Fair then occasional drizzle with fog patches.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate to very poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable, mainly west, 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Drizzle for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, veering west or northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest later.
Sea state
Mainly moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 4 or 5, then decreasing 2 or 3 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming mainly moderate for a time.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southerly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight except in far north.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in east, veering westerly or northwesterly, then becoming variable later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate occasionally smooth.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

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 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less, then southerly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in North Channel.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, veering westerly or northwesterly, then becoming variable later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, veering westerly or southwesterly 2 to 4, backing southerly 3 to 5 later, occasionally 6 later in northwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Tiree.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in north, veering westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in northwest and smooth east of islay and jura.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth near skye.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth near skye.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Shetland Isles (18)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 4 or 5, veering southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Friday 21 Jun 2024 at 1200 UTC until Saturday 22 Jun 2024 at 0000 UTC

General situation

Low pressure south of Iceland will fill as a complex low tracks towards Iceland from the southwest.

Forecast

Wind
South or southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for 12 Hours from 0000 UTC on Saturday 22 Jun until 1200 UTC on Saturday 22 Jun

Wind
South or southeast 4 or 5 veering southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 2 to 4, increasing 3 to 5 late afternoon, backing south to southwest 4 to 6 by dusk, veering west by dawn, soon decreasing 4 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth to slight, increasing slight to moderate in the evening and moderate to rather rough by dawn.
Weather
Rain or drizzle and mist patches by dusk, clearing soon after dawn.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate to poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 4 to 5, decreasing 3 to 4 around dusk, backing south 2 to 3 overnight, locally variable later.
Sea state
Moderate decreasing smooth or slight by dusk, with a low swell.
Weather
Risk of mist or fog patches in the north and west of the area after midnight.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate, locally very poor after midnight.

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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