INSHORE WATERS
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THIS COVERS THE AREA HARTLAND POINT AROUND LANDS END to LYME REGIS & 12 MILES
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FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW ISSUED MONDAY 31 JANUARY 2000

GENERAL SITUATION

A strong southwesterly airflow will cover the English and Bristol Channel waters at first this morning, with weather fronts lying straddled across northern England and with broad warm sector conditions extending across waters to the south off here. These fronts will remain slow moving for a time across northern England and Scotland~ until the cold front eventually starts to progress southeast across the Irish Sea from late Tuesday morning. This will clear the Dover Straits during the early hours of Wednesday, allowing a ridge of high pressure to build from the southwest in its wake.

WARNINGS

At the time of issue, there was a strong wind warning in force between Hartland Point around Lands End to Lyme Regis.

FORECAST UNTIL 7 AM TUESDAY

WIND: Winds will start west to southwest this morning, force 5 or 6, with winds strongest around exposed headlands on the shores of north Devon and Cornwall and also around the Scillies. Winds will gust up to 35 to 40 knots through the day, hut with winds starting lighter in some well sheltered waters at force 4. Winds will back slowly south to southwest during the afternoon, easing slowly to force 4 or 5 for the afternoon, although winds may continue to blow to force 6 around some of the exposed headlands during daylight hours. Winds will continue south to southwest then through the evening and overnight period, increasing to force 5 or 6 by the early hours of Tuesday.

WEATHER: Cloudy at times with perhaps the odd patch of drizzle, but more especially across western waters. Otherwise dry, with some sunny intervals through today.

VISIBILITY: Moderate or good, decreasing perhaps poor in any drizzle.

SEA STATE: Mainly rough, but occasionally moderate in sheltered waters.

SURF: 4 to 6 feet, but up to 9 feet at first on some southwest facing beaches and around the Isles of Scilly.

MAX AIR TEMP: 11 Celsius.

SEA TEMP: Generally 10 Celsius

HIGH TIDES IN PLYMOUTH: 13:50 GMT (4.3m) and 02:31 GMT (4.4mi.

 

FORECAST FROM 7 AM TUESDAY UNTIL 7 AM WEDNESDAY

WIND: Winds will start south to southwest force 5 or 6, locally force 4 in sheltered waters. They will increase force 6 or 7 for the afternoon, with gusts 40 to 45 knots. Later in the afternoon as the front approaches western waters, winds may touch to gale force 8 around the headlands of north Devon and Cornwall. As the front clears east from all parts through the evening, winds will turn north to northwest decreasing force 4 or 5. but locally 6 for a time still around exposed headlands into the early hours of Wednesday.

 

WEATHER: A lot of dry weather although rather cloudy, some sunny intervals during Tuesday, but with a spell of light rain pushing into the west during the afternoon before spreading across all remaining waters. This will clear from all parts before midnight, leaving the rest of the night dry with clear spells.

 

VISIBILITY: Moderate or good, decreasing moderate perhaps poor for a time in the rain. SEA STATE: Rough, decreasing moderate to rough later.

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