Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

A ridge of high pressure will decline southwards across the United Kingdom on Sunday. This will allow an increasingly strong and colder northwesterly flow to spread steadily southwards later on Sunday and into Monday.

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 southwest 4 or 5, then increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later in far northwest.
Weather
Showers, but rain for a time later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight or moderate in Moray Firth, and very rough or high in far northwest.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 or 3 at first in south, otherwise northerly backing westerly 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly veering northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough near Rattray Head.
Weather
Rain at first in south, then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 4 or 5, backing west 3 or 4, then backing southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain at first, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4, then backing southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, veering west 5 or 6, then veering northwest 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain for a time at first, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeasterly backing northwesterly 4 or 5, then becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwesterly 5 or 6, then veering northwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in northeast.
Weather
Rain for a time, then showers.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate for a time.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeasterly backing northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, backing northwesterly 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, smooth or slight in west.
Weather
Showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 5 to 7, then veering northwesterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Rain for a time, then showers.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate for a time.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, backing west 5 to 7, then veering northwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Rain for a time, then showers.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate for a time.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first near Isles of Scilly, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, but moderate in far west.
Weather
Showers in far west.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west 5 to 7, then veering northwest later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in far west.
Weather
Showers, but rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate for a time.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in far west, becoming variable 2 to 4, then westerly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, smooth or slight in east.
Weather
Showers in west.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly 4 or 5, veering northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in west.
Weather
Showers, but rain for a time at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain at first, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North becoming variable 2 to 4, then becoming west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West veering northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough, becoming slight later in Solway Firth.
Weather
Rain at first, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North backing northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, backing west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West veering northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain at first, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly backing westerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair at first, then showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly veering northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time in far north.
Weather
Rain at first, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

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 backing westerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth or slight in Firth of Clyde.
Weather
Fair at first, then showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly veering northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in North Channel.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight in Firth of Clyde.
Weather
Rain at first, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North 3 or 4, backing west 4 or 5, then increasing 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in west.
Weather
Fair at first, then showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West veering northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time in west.
Weather
Rain at first, then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 to 6, then veering west 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, but rain for a time later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West veering northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 to 6, then veering west 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Showers, but rain for a time later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West veering northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5, then increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Fair at first, then showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Saturday 24 Sep 2022 at 1800 UTC until Sunday 25 Sep 2022 at 0600 UTC

General situation

Ridge of high pressure will decline on Saturday night allowing a trough of low pressure to cross Shetland Waters during Sunday

Forecast

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4 backing southwest 5 or 6
Sea state
Moderate but slight over waters east of shetland
Weather
Mainly fair
Visibility
Good

Outlook for 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Sunday 25 Sep until 1800 UTC on Sunday 25 Sep

Wind
Southwest 6 or 7 occasionally gale 8 for a time, veering west 5 or 6 later
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later in west
Weather
Occasional rain
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly 4 to 5, veering northeast this evening, perhaps locally 6 for a time, backing northerly 3 to 4 Sunday afternoon.
Sea state
Slight, locally moderate, becoming smooth to slight later.
Weather
Isolated showers, mainly in the south and east and perhaps heavy, mostly dying out by midday Sunday.
Visibility
Good or very good, occasionally moderate in the south and east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwest 3 to 4, backing westerly 6 to 7 overnight, veering northwesterly by midday, decreasing 5 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth to slight, increasing moderate to rather rough overnight, then rather rough to rough Monday morning.
Weather
Rain spreading southeastwards overnight, locally heavy in the south, clearing around midday to isolated showers.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate to poor for a time, occasionally moderate 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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