Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

Low pressure will remain centred close to northern Scotland while gradually filling, with its associated gales easing by Friday. Meanwhile, another low will move in from the Atlantic to be centred over the south of the United Kingdom on Friday and Saturday, with strong to gale force winds circulating the low.

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 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, veering westerly 2 to 4, then veering northerly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high in far northwest, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate in south.
Weather
Showers in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly, becoming cyclonic for a time, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far northwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 1 to 3, then northeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair at first, then showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast 5 or 6, becoming variable 2 to 4, then northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough near Rattray Head.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing south 2 to 4, then backing east 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East 5 to 7, becoming variable 2 to 4, then cyclonic 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers at first, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6, veering southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming southerly or southeasterly, 3 to 5, then increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in east.
Weather
Rain at times, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in east.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southerly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, then veering southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later.
Weather
Rain at times, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, backing south 7 to severe gale 9, then veering southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough.
Weather
Rain at times, squally showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight later in shelter.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 or 6, backing south or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, then veering west 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough in far west.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering northwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough in far west, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming slight later in shelter.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 or 6, backing southwest 6 to gale 8, then becoming cyclonic later.
Sea state
Moderate in east, rough or very rough in west.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate in east, rough or very rough in west.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later near Anglesey.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in west.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, backing easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, then becoming variable 2 to 4 later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeasterly 5 to 7 at first in north, otherwise variable 2 to 4, becoming northwesterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 or 6, then backing northeast 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Fair at first, then rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, backing northwest later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing east or northeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but moderate or rough in far north.
Weather
Showers, rain later in far south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast backing north 5 to 7, then backing northwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but moderate or rough in far north.
Weather
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
Southwest 4 or 5, backing east or northeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but moderate or rough near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast backing north 5 to 7, then backing northwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth or slight in Firth of Clyde.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest backing east 3 to 5, then backing northeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in west, moderate or rough in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast 4 to 6, backing north 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in west, moderate or rough in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 2 to 4, then northeast 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 2 to 4, then northeast 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high in northwest, rough or very rough in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Thursday 29 Feb 2024 at 1800 UTC until Friday 01 Mar 2024 at 0600 UTC

General situation

A complex area or low pressure over the Faeroes will move southeast, reaching Shetland on Friday.

Forecast

Wind
Southwest 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 4 to 6
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later in southeast
Weather
Rain or showers
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Outlook for 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Friday 01 Mar until 1800 UTC on Friday 01 Mar

Wind
Southwesterly backing southerly 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic in west
Sea state
Rough or very rough
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Moderate or good

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest to west 3 to 5, occasionally 6, backing south 6 to gale 8 after midnight, locally severe gale 9 for a time, veering southwest to west 6 to 7 occasionally gale 8 by dawn decreasing southwest 5 to 7 with gusts to 45kt.
Sea state
Moderate to rather rough, increasing rough to very rough by dawn.
Weather
Showers at first, with a chance of mist patches, clearing overnight blustery showers with a risk of hail before dawn, becoming occasional with a risk of thunder by evening.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest to south 5 to 7, with gusts to 45kt at first, veering northwest 5 to 6 by dawn.
Sea state
Rough to very rough, decreasing moderate to rather rough to moderate later.
Weather
Blustery showers, occasionally heavy with hail and a risk of thunder becoming isolated by afternoon.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

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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