Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

Low pressure in the southern North Sea will track eastwards and fill. Meanwhile a ridge of high pressure will gradually build in from the west over the next couple of days.

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
Northwesterly 4 or 5 at first in east, otherwise northerly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough west and north of Orkney, otherwise moderate or rough, but slight at first in Moray Firth.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, becoming variable, mainly westerly, 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first, becoming slight in Moray Firth.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight for a time in Firth of Forth.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4, then becoming variable later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first, becoming slight in firths of Tay and Forth.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North 4 to 6, veering northeast 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight for a time in south, then becoming mainly rough later.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor for a time.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 5 or 6, veering northeast 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough until later.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers until later.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight in south and for a time in north.
Weather
Thundery showers at first, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, veering northeasterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Mainly slight throughout in Thames Estuary and later in The Wash, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering westerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, then backing southwesterly later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight later.
Weather
Showers at first and later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly veering northerly then northeasterly later, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in east, smooth or slight in west.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West 5 or 6, veering northwest 3 or 4, then backing west or southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Occasional rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West veering north or northeast, then becoming variable later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, veering north 3 to 5, but becoming variable 3 or 4 at times.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate in far west, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming smooth later in Lyme Bay.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly north or northeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough at first in southwest, otherwise moderate, becoming smooth or slight in far north.
Weather
Occasional rain until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate until later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest veering east or northeast for a time, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in west.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in Cardigan Bay.
Weather
Occasional rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming mainly smooth later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near Mull of Galloway, becoming variable 3 or 4 later in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth in Solway Firth.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Cyclonic becoming east, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first near Mull of Kintyre, then becoming variable, mainly northwest, 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate until later in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest, veering east or northeast, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest, 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Rough until later in northwest, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then northwest later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
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.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in Firth of Clyde, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then northwesterly later.
Sea state
Smooth throughout in Firth of Clyde, otherwise moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 near the mainland.
Sea state
Rough until later near Islay and Tiree, otherwise moderate, becoming slight in shelter.
Weather
Showers until later.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then northwest later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth in shelter.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough until later in far north, becoming slight in central areas.
Weather
Occasional rain for a time.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth in south.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain for a time.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or less, then southwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming mainly slight in south.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 6 or 7, backing northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

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

Valid Saturday 06 Jun 2020 at 1800 UTC until Sunday 07 Jun 2020 at 0600 UTC

General situation

A strong north or northwest airflow will affect Shetland and surrounding waters.

Forecast

Wind
North 6 or 7
Sea state
Rough or very rough
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Good

Outlook for 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Sunday 07 Jun until 1800 UTC on Sunday 07 Jun

Wind
North backing northwest 5 to 7
Sea state
Mainly rough
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Good

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly 4 to 6, perhaps locally 7 at first, veering northwesterly 3 to 5 around midnight, decreasing 2 to 4 Sunday morning, locally variable 1 to 3.
Sea state
Rather rough to rough, decreasing moderate to rather rough before midnight, then slight Sunday morning with a low swell.
Weather
Frequent showers, locally heavy, becoming isolated Sunday morning, then dying out in the afternoon.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate, perhaps locally poor until morning.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 2 to 4, locally variable 1 to 3, becoming generally northeast 2 to 4 by dawn, perhaps locally 5.
Sea state
Slight, locally smooth, with a low swell.
Weather
Scattered showers developing Monday morning, mainly in the southeast of the area, perhaps locally heavy.
Visibility
Good, locally moderate from morning.

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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