Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

Slack pressure gradients will maintain light or moderate winds across the coastal waters with fog in the east coast during the next couple of days. However, the fog is expected to clear 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)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in southeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in inner Moray Firth.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near Rattray Head.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming west or northwest 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth near shore.
Weather
Showers, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming west or northwest 4 or 5, veering southeast 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming northwest 3 or 4, veering north 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth near shore.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly northwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in northeast.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 at first, becoming southeasterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly southwesterly, 3 or 4, veering northwesterly for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest, veering north, 3 or 4, backing southwest later.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight later in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less, then southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

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

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in the Bristol Channel, becoming variable 3 or less for a time.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth in northeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in the Bristol Channel, becoming variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth in northeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly northwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight in far northeast and far southwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, becoming southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight in southwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north, becoming variable 3 or less for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Isle of Man (12)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 3 or 4, backing west or southwest later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly northwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly northwest, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in the North Channel.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming smooth later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth in shelter.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth in shelter.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

The Minch (16)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shetland Isles (18)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming northwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, but smooth near east coast.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional rain in southwest.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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

Valid Monday 20 May 2019 at 1800 UTC until Tuesday 21 May 2019 at 0600 UTC

General situation

A trough of low pressure extends north over mainland Scotland with a slack, moist airflow across Shetland.

Forecast

Wind
Variable 3 or less, but northerly 3 or 4 in east for a time.
Sea state
Slight, but smooth near east coast.
Weather
Fog patches. Occasional rain in southwest.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Tuesday 21 May until 1800 UTC on Tuesday 21 May

Wind
Variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight, but smooth near east coast.
Weather
Fog patches. Occasional rain in southwest.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Channel Islands (19)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North to northwest 2 to 4, backing west to southwest 2 to 3 for a time tonight and at first tomorrow, then becoming variable for a time in sea breezes tomorrow afternoon.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mist patches later tonight and at first tomorrow, mainly near brittany coast, otherwise fine.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later tonight and at first tomorrow.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North to northwest 2 to 4, becoming variable 2 or less by mid-evening.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, with a low swell developing.
Weather
Mist patches later in the night near coasts, otherwise fine.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor from later in the night.

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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