Inshore waters forecast and strong winds

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Inshore waters forecast to 12 miles offshore
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General situation

A deep low will track northeastwards between Iceland and Scotland, to bring a strengthening southwesterly flow, with gales in the northwest. Another filling low will move in from the Atlantic on Friday to bring a colder but slacker flow.

Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later, occasionally severe gale 9 later in northwest. Moderate or rough, but rough or very rough in far northwest. Rain at first, then showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in northwest, backing southerly 3 to 5 later. Rough or very rough in far northwest, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming slight later. Showers, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate at first.


Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South, veering southwest later, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough in north, slight or moderate in south. Occasional rain, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 4 or 5, then becoming variable 2 or 3 later. Rough at first in north, otherwise slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.


Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South 5 or 6, veering southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, backing south 2 to 4, then backing southeast later. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Mainly fair. Good.


Whitby to Gibraltar Point - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South 4, increasing 5 or 6, then becoming variable 2 to 4 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Variable becoming south 2 to 4, then southeast 4 to 6 later. Smooth or slight, but slight or moderate later in south. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate.


Gibraltar Point to North Foreland - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, then veering southwesterly 3 to 5 later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate in east. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then southeasterly 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in southeast. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.


North Foreland to Selsey Bill - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly or southwesterly 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight becoming moderate. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then becoming southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.


Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6 later. Slight becoming moderate. Rain or drizzle at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming west 4 or 5, then backing south or southwest 6 to gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.


Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first, veering northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, but moderate or rough in far west. Rain or drizzle and fog patches, showers later. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 4 or 5, backing west or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Slight or moderate at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough in far west. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.


Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first, veering west or northwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough in west, slight or moderate in east. Rain or drizzle and fog patches, showers later. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first, becoming good later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West 4 or 5, backing south 5 to 7, then veering west later. Slight or moderate at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough in west. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.


St Davids Head to Great Orme Head, including St Georges Channel - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South veering southwest 5 or 6, then veering west 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough in far southwest. Rain or drizzle and fog patches, then showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor, becoming good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: West backing south 4 or 5, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough in far southwest. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later.


Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South 4 or 5, veering southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later. Moderate, occasionally slight in south. Rain at first, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 4 or 5, backing south 3 or 4, then backing northeast 4 to 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers, rain later in south. Good, occasionally moderate later in south.


Isle of Man - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South veering southwest 5 or 6. Moderate. Rain or drizzle, fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 3 or 4, then backing northeast 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.


Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South veering southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first. Slight or moderate, but moderate or rough in far north. Rain at first, then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 3 or 4, then backing northeast 4 to 6 later. Slight or moderate, but rough or very rough in north, and smooth later in south. Showers, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate at first.


Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South veering southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first. Slight or moderate, but moderate or rough near Mull of Kintyre. Rain at first, then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 3 or 4, then backing northeast 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later in Firth of Clyde. Showers, fair later. Good, occasionally moderate at first.


Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South 5 or 6, veering southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough in shelter, otherwise rough or very rough, becoming high later near Tiree. Rain at first, then squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 3 or 4, then becoming variable 2 or 3 later. High at first near Tiree, otherwise rough or very rough in west, moderate or rough in east. Showers, squally at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first.


The Minch - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in north. Moderate or rough, but rough or very rough later. Rain at first, then squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 4 to 6, then becoming cyclonic later. Very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.


Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: Southerly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in north. Rough or very rough, becoming mainly high later. Rain at first, then squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 4 to 6, then becoming cyclonic later. High, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.


Shetland Isles - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: South 5 to 7, veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, becoming high later in northwest. Rain at times, squally showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

For Coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland - Strong wind warning

Valid Wednesday 28 Feb 2024 at 1200 UTC until Thursday 29 Feb 2024 at 0000 UTC

General situation: Deepening Atlantic low tracking northeast to pass over the Faeroe Isles Thursday morning, pushing associated troughs through your area.

Forecast: South 5 to 7 Rough or very rough, but moderate in lee shelter of shetland Rain or showers Good occasionally moderate or poor

Outlook for 12 Hours from 0000 UTC on Thursday 29 Feb until 1200 UTC on Thursday 29 Feb: South 5 to 7, veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9 Rough or very rough, occasionally high in northwest, but moderate in lee shelter of shetland Showers Good occasionally moderate


Channel Islands - Strong wind warning

24 hour forecast: West to southwest 3 to 4, backing south to southwest 3 to 5 in the afternoon, increasing 4 to 6 for overnight veering northwest 3 to 5, perhaps occasionally 6 by mid morning. Slight, with a low swell, increasing moderate in the north of the area in the evening, occasionally rather rough mid-channel overnight. Occasional rain or drizzle, with mist or fog patches, perhaps clearing for a time overnight. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, locally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours: Northwest 3 to 5, perhaps occasionally 6, backing westerly in the evening then southerly 6 to gale 8 for overnight by mid morning, veering westerly 6 to 7. Slight to moderate with a low swell, but rather rough mid-channel at first, generally increasing rather rough to rough, perhaps very rough in the north and west later. Rain or drizzle, locally heavy, with a risk of mist or fog patches at first, clearing early evening, further overnight, perhaps heavy, clearing to showers later. Moderate, locally poor or very poor at times, occasionally good later.