Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

The United Kingdom will lie in a showery northwesterly airflow during the next couple of days, with gusty strong or gale force winds affecting all areas.

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
North or northwest 5 to 7, backing west or northwest 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight in Moray Firth and very rough later in northwest.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 2 to 4, backing west or southwest 2 or 3 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in northwest, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north and east, backing westerly or northwesterly later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasional rough near Rattray Head.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering northerly 2 to 4, becoming variable later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first near Rattray Head.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest veering north, 6 to gale 8, backing west or northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, veering north or northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly veering northerly or northwesterly, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Squally thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8, veering northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6, veering north or northwest later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Fair then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in lyme bay.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 7 or gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest becoming cyclonic later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6 becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later in north.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers, becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth later.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth later in southeast.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6 becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in far north, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less, then westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough at first in far north, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough, then very rough later in north.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less, then westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North backing west or northwest, 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough in north and west.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Tuesday 16 Apr 2024 at 0000 UTC until Tuesday 16 Apr 2024 at 1200 UTC

General situation

Low pressure to the north will track south over Shetland Waters through Tuesday.

Forecast

Wind
Northwest backing west 5 to 7
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west
Weather
Rain then showers
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor

Outlook for 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Tuesday 16 Apr until 0000 UTC on Wednesday 17 Apr

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6 but occasionally 7 or gale 8 in west, becoming northeasterly 4 to 6 later
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West to northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 to 6 by midday, veering north to northwest after dusk.
Sea state
Rough, decreasing rather rough by midday, then moderate with a low swell later.
Weather
Isolated showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North to northwest 4 to 5, backing west to northwest after dusk.
Sea state
Slight to moderate, with a low swell.
Weather
Scattered showers for a time around dawn rain later, perhaps locally heavy.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate, perhaps locally poor later.

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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