Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

The United Kingdom will remain under relatively low pressure, with another low approaching the northwest by Friday evening. Further showers or longer spells of rain expected, with strong winds developing in some southern and western parts later on Friday.

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
Southeasterly 3 to 5 at first in east, otherwise variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth at first and moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 2 to 4, backing south 5 or 6 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4, veering southwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers, becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later near North Foreland.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in southeast.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Showers at first, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in east.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest veering west for a time, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West, veering southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate west of the Lizard peninsula, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest, veering west later, 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time near Isles of Scilly.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first east of the Lizard peninsula, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 3 to 5, veering southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight east of lundy island, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering west 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first east of lundy, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
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 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6, veering west or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west 3 or 4, then backing southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Isle of Man (12)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 5 or 6, then veering southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, becoming slight or moderate for a time.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in south, veering southwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight in south and east.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time in the North Channel, veering westerly later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate for a time in North Channel.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 2 to 4, backing southeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast, veering west or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

The Minch (16)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

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

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first in west, becoming variable 3 or less later in north and southeasterly 4 or 5 later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5 in south, otherwise variable 2 to 4, becoming northwesterly later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shetland Isles (18)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less, then northeast 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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

Valid Thursday 30 Jun 2022 at 1800 UTC until Friday 01 Jul 2022 at 0600 UTC

General situation

Low pressure will remain slow moving to the northwest of Scotland.

Forecast

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in northeast at first. becoming variable 3 or less
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight to the west of shetland
Weather
Rain at first. Fog patches
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

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

Wind
Variable 3 or less becoming cyclonic 3 or 4
Sea state
Slight or moderate
Weather
Rain. Fog patches
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor

Channel Islands (19)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 3 to 4, becoming locally variable 1 to 2 in the south of the area during the afternoon.
Sea state
Slight, locally smooth, with a low swell.
Weather
Isolated showers, dying out by midday.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 3 to 4, locally variable 1 to 2 in the south of the area, veering northwesterly 4 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, locally smooth, with a low swell, increasing slight to moderate later.
Weather
Risk of rain in the far northwest from early afternoon.
Visibility
Good, perhaps locally moderate.

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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