Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

Low pressure will remain to the west of the British Isles, to maintain an unseasonably mild but often strong southerly flow.

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
East 4 or 5, veering southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 near Orkney.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight or moderate in Moray Firth.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 5 or 6, veering southwest 3 to 5, then backing south or southeast later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in north, slight or moderate in south.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 or 3 at first in south, otherwise easterly veering southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeasterly veering southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4, backing southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, veering south 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest backing south 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, veering southwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate offshore.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in northeast.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5, veering southwesterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate later in west.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight at first in east, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3, increasing 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South 5 or 6, veering southwest 4 or 5, then backing south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first, occasionally good later.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4, veering south 5 or 6, then veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate in far west throughout, otherwise slight becoming moderate.
Weather
Fair at first, then rain or drizzle, fog patches later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing south 5 or 6, then veering southwest 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later except in shelter.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first, occasionally good later.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeasterly 3 or 4, veering southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west, then veering southwesterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in west.
Weather
Fair at first, then rain or drizzle, fog patches later in west.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later in west.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, backing southerly 4 or 5, then veering southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in west.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times, fog patches at first in west.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first in west, occasionally good later.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing south 5 or 6, then veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest backing south 4 or 5, then veering southwest 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, backing southeast 4 or 5, then veering south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, backing south 5 or 6, then veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionallly poor.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4, backing southeast 5 to 7, then veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest backing south 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4, backing southeast 5 to 7, then veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest backing south 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, then veering southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest backing southeast 4 to 6, then veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East backing southeast 4 or 5, then veering southwest 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwest 6 or 7, backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Easterly backing southeasterly 4 to 6, then veering southwesterly 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 6 or 7, backing southerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
East 3 or 4, veering southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later.
Weather
Showers at first, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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

Strong wind warning

Valid Sunday 17 Oct 2021 at 1800 UTC until Monday 18 Oct 2021 at 0600 UTC

General situation

Troughs tracking northeast into the UK strengthening the East-SE flow across your area.

Forecast

Wind
East or southeast 4, increasing 5 to 7
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in far south, but slight in sheltered waters around shetland
Weather
Mainly fair
Visibility
Good

Outlook for 12 Hours from 0600 UTC on Monday 18 Oct until 1800 UTC on Monday 18 Oct

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7
Sea state
Moderate or rough
Weather
Mainly fair
Visibility
Good

Channel Islands (19)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Southerly 4 to 5, occasionally 3 at first tonight, perhaps 6 for a time later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight with a low swell developing, increasing moderate at times later in the northwest.
Weather
Rain at times from later tonight, some heavy later, with mist and occasional drizzle developing later, then fog banks from late afternoon in the far west.
Visibility
Good or very good, becoming moderate to poor later, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in the northeast of the area, then increasing 6 at times later.
Sea state
Slight to moderate, increasing rather rough to rough after dawn tomorrow in the northwest.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times, locally heavy, with mist and fog banks.
Visibility
Moderate to poor, occasionally very poor, locally good from later in the night.

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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