Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

A ridge of high pressure will continue to build from the Atlantic overnight into Wednesday. Winds will become relatively light with a good deal of fair weather expected but stronger winds and some rain will affect northern Scotland later on Wednesday.

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
Northwest 3 or 4, backing west or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later to north and west of Orkney.
Weather
Mainly fair, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later, then southeast 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, but rough until later north and west of Orkney.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 to 4, then south or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth in Firth of Forth.
Weather
Showers at first, then mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then south or southeast later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain at first, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeast becoming variable 2 to 4, then south later, veering west later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate until later.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest, 3 to 5, becoming variable, mainly south, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth near shore.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4, becoming variable for a time, then south or southwest later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, moderate at times in far north.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly south, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 2 to 4, increasing 5 for a time in south.
Sea state
Slight, smooth at times in Thames estuary, occasionally moderate later near North Foreland.
Weather
Fair, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later off shore.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first off shore.
Weather
Fair, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East or northeast, 3 or 4, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Smooth becoming slight, occasionally moderate later in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East or northeast, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 or 3.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeast 3 to 5, occasionally variable 2 to 4 in east.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, but slight or moderate west of Lizard Point until later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast becoming variable, 2 to 4, then mainly northwest later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first in south, becoming variable 2 to 4 in Bristol Channel.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate until later in south, but smooth in Bristol Channel.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming mainly west or northwest later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far northwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 or 3, becoming mainly southwest later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in north, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 or 3, then southwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in west.
Weather
Showers at first in east.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly south or southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Isle of Man (12)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less, then southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming south or southwest 2 or 3 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair, rain later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable becoming south or southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate in north.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 or 3.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, becoming westerly or southwesterly later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate near Mull of Kintyre.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly 2 to 4, backing southwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time in north, veering westerly later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but mainly smooth in shelter.
Weather
Fair, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 or 3, then southerly or southwesterly, 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7 later, veering west 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in central areas.
Weather
Showers at first, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, backing south 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in central areas.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7 later, veering west 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in northwest.
Weather
Showers at first, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, backing south 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, backing west or southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight south of Shetland for a time, occasionally very rough later in northwest.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Wednesday 19 Jun 2024 at 0000 UTC until Wednesday 19 Jun 2024 at 1200 UTC

General situation

Ridge of high pressure will decline on Wednesday morning as Atlantic troughs move east across Shetland Waters in the afternoon and evening

Forecast

Wind
Northwesterly backing southwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 later in northwest
Sea state
Moderate, but rough at first in east. slight in sheltered waters close to shetland
Weather
Mainly fair, occasional rain later in west
Visibility
Good

Outlook for 12 Hours from 1200 UTC on Wednesday 19 Jun until 0000 UTC on Thursday 20 Jun

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight in sheltered waters close to shetland
Weather
Occasional rain
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North to northeast 3 to 5, perhaps occasionally 6 across the south of the area later.
Sea state
Slight to smooth, becoming slight to locally moderate by midday.
Weather
Fair or fine risk of isolated thundery showers in the southeast of the area later.
Visibility
Mainly good, locally moderate to poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast 4 to 5, perhaps occasionally 6 across the south of the area at first, backing north 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight to locally moderate becoming smooth to slight with a low swell later.
Weather
Fair or fine risk of isolated thundery showers in the southeast of the area for a time.
Visibility
Mainly good, locally moderate to poor for a time.

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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