Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

Conditions will remain unsettled and often windy during the next couple of days with a west to southwesterly airflow bringing showers or longer spells of rain at times.

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
South or southeast 4 to 6, veering west or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Rain then showers, perhaps thundery for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest, veering west, 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate for a time.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first, veering northwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering northwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, veering northwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Rough at first in west, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, veering northwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first in west, becoming slight later in Bristol Channel.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, veering northwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

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

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later in north.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate 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
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly, veering westerly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally moderate later in North Channel.
Weather
Rain becoming fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest, veering west, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering west 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in south.
Weather
Rain then showers, perhaps thundery for a time in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in south and far north.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery for a time in north.
Visibility
Good, moderate.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering west 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers, perhaps thundery for a time in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time west of Hebrides.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery for a time in north.
Visibility
Good, moderate.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 to 5, veering west 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 0600 UTC until Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 1800 UTC

General situation

Low pressure moving over Iceland on Wednesday pushes associated fronts towards Shetland Waters.

Forecast

Wind
South or southeast 4 to 6, veering west or southwest and increasing 7 at times.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight at first, increasing rough later in the southwest.
Weather
Rain or showers
Visibility
Moderate occasionally poor.

Outlook for 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Wednesday 25 May until 0600 UTC on Thursday 26 May

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in the south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good.

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 5, locally 6 from late morning until this evening, veering west this afternoon, decreasing 3 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight to moderate with a low swell, increasing moderate to rather rough by midday, then decreasing slight to moderate again later.
Weather
Occasional rain and drizzle with a risk of mist patches from midday.
Visibility
Moderate to good, locally poor at times.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 3 to 4, locally 5 at times, veering northwest later.
Sea state
Slight to moderate with a low swell.
Weather
Patchy rain or drizzle at times with a risk of mist.
Visibility
Moderate to good, locally 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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