Issued by the Met Office at 0500 UTC on Monday 09 January.
Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore from 0500 UTC to 0500 UTC.
Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath including the Outer Hebrides.
24 hour forecast:
Wind: south 7 to severe gale 9 veering southwest 5 or 6 by evening, then backing south 4 or 5 overnight.
Weather: rain at times.
Visibility: moderate or good .
Sea State: rough or very rough, occasionally high in exposed northwest waters.
Outlook for the following 24 hours:
Wind: south 4 or 5 veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9 during day, then veering west 6 to gale 8 overnight.
Weather: rain, perhaps heavy, during day, becoming showery overnight.
Visibility: moderate or good, occasionally poor during day.
Sea State: rough or very rough, occasionally high in northwest.
Blogger Arnish Lighthouse is reporting a force 11 blowing through Stornoway. It's not too bad here - our "rule of thumb" is that it's really bad outside when you can't tell where the sea and sky meet, and when the sea spray is over the roof of Christine and Andy's house. But, looking at the rolling waves, it is certainly not the day to be out in a boat.