Use my current location crosshair

Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

at 1625 UTC on Wednesday 20 August 2014

The general synopsis at midday

Low Bailey 1010 expected central Scotland 1003 by midday tomorrow

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally slight later. Showers. Good

South Utsire

Northwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight later. Squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Northwest becoming cyclonic, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Rough becoming slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Tyne, Dogger

Northwest backing west or southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Fisher, German Bight

Westerly backing southwesterly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in northeast Fisher, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Humber

Northwest backing southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate. Showers. Good

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Northwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times, backing southwest 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Biscay

Variable mainly north, 3 or 4. Slight. Showers. Good

South Fitzroy

Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

North Fitzroy, Sole

Northerly or northwesterly, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Northwest 3 or 4, backing west or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain for a time in Irish Sea, otherwise showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Shannon, South Rockall

Westerly veering northerly later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Mainly moderate. Showers. Good

North Rockall, Malin

Westerly veering northerly later, 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Hebrides, Bailey

Cyclonic becoming north or northeast, 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Fair Isle

Mainly northwest, veering north or northeast, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough at first in southwest. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Faeroes

North or northeast, 5 or 6. Moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Southeast Iceland

Northeasterly backing northerly, 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 in southwest. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Northwesterly 4 or 5 in east, variable 3 or 4 in west, but southeasterly 5 for a time in far northwest. Slight or moderate. Showers, mainly in west. Good, occasionally moderate in west.

Shipping forecast overview

The shipping forecast is issued four times a day at 2300, 0500, 1100, 1700 UTC and covers a period of 24 hours from 0000, 0600, 1200 and 1800 UTC respectively.

The waters around the British Isles are divided into 31 sea areas.

The forecast contains details of gale warnings in force, a general synopsis and sea-area forecasts containg forecast wind direction and force, weather and visibility.

Gale warnings are issued as required throughout the day (for winds of Gale Force 8 or more).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

Caution: The internet is not part of the Maritime Safety Information system and should never be relied upon as the only means to obtain the latest forecast and warning information. Access to the service may be interrupted or delayed from time to time, updates may also be delayed. Please refer to GMDSS services, INMARSAT SafetyNET or international NAVTEX for the latest information. When using these web pages, always check that the page on your screen is not from your cache. Use the Refresh or Reload button if in any doubt.