Coast and sea

Inshore waters and strong winds

General situation

An area of low pressure in the North Sea will move away northwards today, and a ridge of high pressure will build in from the Atlantic. Winds will be relatively light in the east but fresher across the west, with a good deal of fair weather expected.

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
North or northwest 3 to 5, backing west or southwest, 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but smooth at times in Moray Firth, rough at first west of Orkney.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest 2 to 4, increasing 4 to 6, veering west later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, smooth at first in Moray Firth, becoming rough later to the west of Orkney.
Weather
Showers at first, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Rattray Head to Berwick upon Tweed (2)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally variable 3 or less in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate near ratray head.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, smooth at times in Firth of Forth, occasionally moderate near ratray head.
Weather
Showers at first, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby (3)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south or southwest for a time.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate until later.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Whitby to Gibraltar Point (4)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable mainly north or northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth until later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland (5)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth in Thames estuary.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Foreland to Selsey Bill (6)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Variable becoming northeasterly, 2 to 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis (7)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, 2 to 4, becoming variable for a time.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers until later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly, 3 to 5, occasionally 2 in east.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate offshore later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, 3 to 5, occasionally variable 3 or less in east at first.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, mainly moderate west of Lizard Point.
Weather
Showers until later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in west, variable 2 to 4 at times in east.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, but moderate west of Lands End at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, smooth in Bristol Channel.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first in south, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Great Orme Head to the Mull of Galloway (11)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate until later, smooth at times in Solway Firth.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwesterly later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Isle of Man (12)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
North or northwest 3 or 4, becoming variable, mainly northwest, 2 or 3.
Sea state
Slight, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough (13)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 until later in North Channel.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth along south down coast.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly becoming variable, 2 to 4, then southwesterly later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

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

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 until later in North Channel, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in North Channel.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwesterly later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point (15)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but mainly smooth in shelter.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west or southwest, 3 to 5 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but mainly smooth in shelter.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

The Minch (16)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest, 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later in central areas.
Weather
Showers, mainly fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in central areas.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath (17)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest, 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Showers, mainly fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
West or southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Shetland Isles (18)

Strong winds are forecast

24 hour forecast:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, backing west or southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming mainly moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain until later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor until later.

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

Valid Tuesday 18 Jun 2024 at 0600 UTC until Tuesday 18 Jun 2024 at 1800 UTC

General situation

A ridge of high pressure will gradually build across Shetland Waters on Tuesday, declining on Wednesday morning as frontal troughs approach from the west.

Forecast

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6
Sea state
Moderate or rough
Weather
Occasional rain, becoming fair later in west
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Outlook for 12 Hours from 1800 UTC on Tuesday 18 Jun until 0600 UTC on Wednesday 19 Jun

Wind
Northwesterly backing westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, but 6 at first in east
Sea state
Moderate, but rough at first in north
Weather
Fair
Visibility
Good

Channel Islands (19)

24 hour forecast:

Wind
Northeast 3 to 4, perhaps locally 5 at first, backing north 2 to 4 in the afternoon, veering northeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers, locally heavy, with mist patches at first, clearing early afternoon.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate, locally poor at times.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:

Wind
Northeast 4 to 5, occasionally 3.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fair or fine.
Visibility
Good.

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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