Met Office

Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1625 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018 for the period 1800 UTC Saturday 20 October to 1800 UTC Sunday 21 October 2018.

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

High southwest England 1032 expected Germany 1030 by midday tomorrow. Low Denmark Strait 973 moving northeastwards and losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southerly veering southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north. Moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle. Good, occasionally poor

South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Southwesterly veering westerly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good

Thames

Southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Variable, mainly northeast backing north later, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

Biscay

Northeast 4 or 5. Moderate. Fair. Good

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

In southeast, cyclonic 5 or 6. In northwest, northeasterly 5 to 7. In southeast, moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. in northwest, moderate or rough. In southeast, showers. In northwest, fair. In southeast, good. In northwest, good.

FitzRoy

Variable 4 at first in far northwest, otherwise northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Drizzle in northwest. Good, occasionally poor in northwest

Sole

Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly 5 to 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional drizzle and fog patches in west. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west

Lundy, Fastnet

Southwest 4 or 5, veering north 5 to 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later

Irish Sea

Southwest veering north later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon

Southwest veering north or northwest, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches, fair later. Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later

Rockall, Malin

Southwest veering west later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Hebrides, Southeast Bailey

Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Northwest Bailey

Southwesterly veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9. High. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor

Faeroes

Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9 later. Very rough becoming high. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9. High. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Gale warnings

Sea area gale warnings issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1538 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018

All gale warnings currently in force

Viking, issued: 0941 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018
Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

North Utsire, issued: 0941 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018
Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Hebrides, issued: 1538 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018
Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Bailey, issued: 1538 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018
Southwesterly severe gale force 9 veering westerly later

Fair Isle, issued: 1538 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018
Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Faeroes, issued: 1538 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018
Southwesterly gale force 8 veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Southeast Iceland, issued: 1538 UTC on Saturday 20 October 2018
Southwesterly severe gale force 9 veering westerly later