Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

A ridge of high pressure moves northeast across the United Kingdom and is associated with lighter winds than of late. Atlantic fronts will bring rain and strong southerly winds to the northwest through Wednesday and into Thursday.

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
South or southwest, becoming variable at times, 2 to 4, then backing southeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional showers at first in north, otherwise mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later northeast Orkney.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly west or southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in firths of Forth and Tay, otherwise slight, occasionally moderate near Rattray Head.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor near shore.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly south or southwest, 2 to 4, becoming south or southeast 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later near Rattray Head.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in firths of Forth and Tay, otherwise slight, occasionally moderate near Rattray Head.
Weather
Mainly fair, rain later in far west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor near shore.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly west or southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth at first in south.
Weather
Mainly fair, but fog patches near shore.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near shore.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth later in south.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly west, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight in north.
Weather
Mainly fair, but fog patches near shore.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near shore.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly west, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight in north.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly northerly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight at first in southeast.
Weather
Showers in south, perhaps thundery at first, fog patches near shore.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable, mainly northerly or northeasterly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight later in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly veering northeasterly, then easterly later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in far west.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery at first, fog patches near shore.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly, but becoming variable at times, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in far west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North veering east or northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor near shore.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
East 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly becoming variable 2 to 4, then becoming southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first south and west of the Lizard peninsula.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in east.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first west of Lands End.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough south and west of the Lizard peninsula.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in east.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North becoming variable 2 to 4, then becoming south or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough at first in west, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in Bristol Channel.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwest becoming variable, 2 to 4, then southeast 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later near St Davids Head.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in south and west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast veering south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight northeast of Anglesey, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough near St Davids Head.
Weather
Mainly fair, rain later in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair, but fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later near Mull of Galloway.
Weather
Mainly fair, then rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Isle of Man (12)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 for a time later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast veering south, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable, mainly westerly, 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in north and east.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far north, becoming slight or moderate later in all areas.
Weather
Fog patches near shore.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near shore.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in north and east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or 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
Variable, mainly westerly, 3 or less, becoming southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in North Channel.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in North Channel.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in Firth of Clyde.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in North Channel.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in North Channel.
Weather
Mainly fair, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in eastern shelter, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Showers, then fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in eastern shelter, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

The Minch (16)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in far south, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers, then fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first in north, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far south.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in south and west.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, then fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southerly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in south and west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shetland Isles (18)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
South 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

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

Valid Tuesday 29 Nov 2022 at 0600 UTC until Tuesday 29 Nov 2022 at 1800 UTC

General situation

A southerly flow will persist as a ridge builds towards Shetland Waters from the east.

Forecast

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in far east
Sea state
Moderate or rough
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Mainly good

Outlook for 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Tuesday 29 Nov until 0600 UTC on Wednesday 30 Nov

Wind
South 3 or 4 backing southeast 4 or 5
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first in northeast
Weather
Showers
Visibility
Mainly good

Channel Islands (19)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly 3 to 4, becoming northeast or variable 1 to 3 early afternoon then southeast 2 to 4 in the evening.
Sea state
Slight to moderate, with a moderate decreasing slight swell.
Weather
Isolated showers in the southeast of the area, soon dying out risk of mist or fog patches near the french coast later.
Visibility
Good, perhaps occasionally moderate at first, locally poor or very poor later.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Southeast 2 to 3, backing east 3 to 4 around dusk.
Sea state
Smooth or slight with a low swell, increasing slight to moderate with a low to moderate swell later.
Weather
Mist or fog patches drifting from the french coast at first risk of light showers mainly in the north later.
Visibility
Good, locally moderate to very poor.

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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