Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

An area of low pressure will move slowly eastwards across southern Scotland and northern England during Monday, before moving out over the North Sea later in the day. This will bring a period of rain or showers to many 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)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming northwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Mainly smooth or slight, but slight occasionally moderate to the north and west of Orkney.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate to the north and west of Orkney, but elsewhere smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers at times, mainly in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in south.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Good.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4 becoming variable 2 to 4, then north or northwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 3 or 4 becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4 veering west or southwest 2 to 4, then west or northwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4 veering northeast 2 or 3, then veering south or southeast later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first in north.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 for a time in east, then veering westerly later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate for a time in east.
Weather
Showers for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 3 or 4 veering northeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate near northeastern Norfolk.
Weather
Showers, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, but becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Drizzle or showers then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, veering west 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle at first, and again later, otherwise fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, veering northwest 2 or 3 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate throughout in west.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, but becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first and 2 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later in east.
Weather
Showers at first, mainly in west.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, veering west or northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate in west, slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, but becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later in east.
Weather
Showers at first in east, otherwise fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first in east.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, becoming variable mainly northwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Mainly slight or moderate, but smooth or slight to the east of Anglesey.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle and fog patches, but becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest, backing south or southwest later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic becoming west or southwest, 3 to 5, veering northwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in north, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or drizzle with fog patches, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Isle of Man (12)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4 becoming variable mainly west 2 to 4, then north or northwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Occasional rain and drizzle then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 3 or 4 becoming variable 3 or less, then occasionally 4 again later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4 becoming northerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in North Channel.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Rain or drizzle with fog patches, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in North Channel, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain at times later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in North Channel.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or drizzle then showers, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in North Channel, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable mainly northeast 2 or 3 backing north or northwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth in shelter.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 3 or 4 becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth in shelter.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

The Minch (16)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less becoming west or northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest backing southwest, then south or southeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less becoming west or northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Mainly slight or moderate, but smooth or slight near Sutherland.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or northwest backing southwest, then south or southeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shetland Isles (18)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South or southwest 2 or 3 becoming variable 3 or less, then west or northwest 2 or 3 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

Valid Monday 22 Jul 2024 at 0600 UTC until Monday 22 Jul 2024 at 1800 UTC

General situation

West or southwesterly flow will cover Shetland Waters on Monday and Tuesday.

Forecast

Wind
Southwesterly 2 to 4, becoming variable later in south and east
Sea state
Slight or moderate
Weather
Mainly fair
Visibility
Mainly good

Outlook for 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Monday 22 Jul until 0600 UTC on Tuesday 23 Jul

Wind
Mainly southwesterly 2 to 4, but variable in south and east, becoming westerly or northwesterly 2 to 4 later
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in lee shelter of Shetland
Weather
Mainly fair
Visibility
Mainly good

Channel Islands (19)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 5, decreasing 2 to 4 for a time today, veering west overnight.
Sea state
Slight to moderate, with a low swell, occasionally rather rough in the far northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain, drizzle and mist patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, locally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West to northwest 3 to 4, locally 5 at first, decreasing 2 to 3 overnight.
Sea state
Moderate, locally rather rough, soon decreasing slight with a low swell.
Weather
Isolated light showers in the morning.
Visibility
Good, locally moderate in the morning.

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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