Use my current location crosshair

Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2315 UTC on Sunday 01 May 2016

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Trafalgar, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low just west of Bailey 979, expected 120 miles east of Iceland 978 by 1800 on Monday

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Viking and North Utsire, veering southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Rain at times. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher

South 5 to 7, veering west or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

South or southwest, veering west or northwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in west Plymouth. Rain at times. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay

Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly or northwesterly 5 at times in north. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in far northwest. Rain at times. Moderate or good

Trafalgar, Southeast Fitzroy

Easterly 7 or gale 8 in far southeast Trafalgar, otherwise northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight. Fair. Moderate or good

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole

Southwesterly, veering westerly or northwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate becoming rough. Rain at times. Moderate or good

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering west 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight. Occasional rain at first, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides

Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in south Rockall and far north Hebrides. Rough or very rough. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor at first

Bailey

Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first, becoming west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Very rough or high, becoming rough for a time. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

South or southeast 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Rain then squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic, becoming westerly or southwesterly, 4 or 5 at times near iceland, otherwise 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Moderate at times near iceland, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high. Rain or squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

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.