Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

A ridge of high pressure will maintain relatively quiet weather across the south through Tuesday. Meanwhile, an Atlantic low will push fronts and strong winds steadily east across northern waters. Gales are possible in the northwest by Wednesday as the low moves towards the Faeroes.

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
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, decreasing 2 or 3, then backing southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough to the north and west of Orkney at first, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming smooth for a time in Moray Firth.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 near Cape Wrath, decreasing 2 to 4 later to the east of Orkney.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later in northwest.
Weather
Rain at first, showers later in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then south or southeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South, veering southwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in south.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable 3 or less, then southeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast, veering southwest, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast, veering south or southwest for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly northeasterly, 2 to 4, becoming easterly 3 or 4 later, occasionally 5 later in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly, veering southeasterly at times, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less later in west.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeasterly 3 or 4 at first in east, otherwise variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair, thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest veering north, 3 to 5, then becoming variable, mainly southwest later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, but slight or moderate west of the Lizard peninsula.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming north 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight east of the Lizard peninsula, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Occasional drizzle and fog patches in west, otherwise fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, becoming west or southwest later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southwest, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 3 or less until later in Bristol Channel, otherwise southwest 3 or 4, veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, occasionally rough later near Lands End, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle and fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later near Anglesey.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first near Anglesey, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later in north.
Weather
Drizzle and fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in north, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 3 or 4, then increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, veering west 3 or 4, backing south for a time later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly 5 or 6, veering southwesterly later in south and becoming variable 2 to 4 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough at first in far northwest, otherwise smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6 at first in south, otherwise variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southwest 3 to 5 for a time later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle at first then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or 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
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly 4 to 6, then variable 2 to 4 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate near the Mull of Kintyre, otherwise smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly at first in south, otherwise variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later except near the Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Rain at first, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south 5 or 6, veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Rain at first then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor at first, becoming good.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West backing southwest 3 or 4, backing south 5 to 7 later perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first in central areas, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South veering southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West backing southwest 3 or 4, backing south 5 to 7 later perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South veering southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly, 4 to 6, backing west or southwest 2 or 3, then backing south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight in sheltered east at first, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate later.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Tuesday 15 Jun 2021 at 0000 UTC until Tuesday 15 Jun 2021 at 1200 UTC

General situation

Ridge of high pressure will build from the west on Tuesday. Atlantic fronts will approach later in the day from southwest.

Forecast

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6 backing south 3 or 4
Sea state
Moderate or rough, slight in well sheltered eastern coastal waters
Weather
Mainly fair
Visibility
Mainly good or very good

Outlook for 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Tuesday 15 Jun until 0000 UTC on Wednesday 16 Jun

Wind
South 3 or 4 backing southeast 5 to 7
Sea state
Moderate or rough
Weather
Fair then rain
Visibility
Moderate or good

Channel Islands (19)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly 2 to 4, perhaps occasionally 5 mid-channel before dawn, becoming northeast or variable 1 to 3 Tuesday evening.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, with a low swell.
Weather
Risk of mist or fog patches early morning and again late evening, mainly near french coasts.
Visibility
Good, perhaps locally poor or very poor at times.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or variable 1 to 3, increasing 2 to 4 by midday, perhaps locally 5 by evening.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, with a low swell.
Weather
Risk of mist or fog Wednesday morning occasional showers from midday, becoming more frequent and heavier by evening with a risk of thunder.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate to poor, perhaps locally very 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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