Met Office

Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1725 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019 for the period 1800 UTC Saturday 23 February to 1800 UTC Sunday 24 February 2019.

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, FitzRoy, Sole, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

High eastern Europe 1046 expected balkans 1039 by midday tomorrow. Low Iceland 976 moving away rapidly northeastwards

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southerly 6 to gale 8, veering westerly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Moderate or poor, becoming good

South Utsire, Forties

Southerly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate or rough. Fog patches. Moderate or very poor

Cromarty, Forth

South 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good, occasionally poor

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

South 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

Variable, mainly east or southeast, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Plymouth, Biscay

Variable, mainly east 3 or 4. Moderate or rough. Fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Easterly backing northerly later in southeast, otherwise southerly or southeasterly, 4 or 5. Rough, occasionally very rough in northwest. Occasional rain in northwest. Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast FitzRoy

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeasterly 4 or 5. Rough or very rough. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Northwest FitzRoy, West Sole

Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

East Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 or 6. Rough or very rough. Showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Irish Sea

South 4 or 5. Moderate becoming slight. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Shannon

Southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Very rough, occasionally high. Rain later. Good

Rockall

Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Very rough, occasionally high. Rain later. Good

Malin, South Hebrides

Southwesterly 5 to 7, backing southerly 6 to gale 8 later. Very rough, occasionally high. Showers. Good

North Hebrides, Bailey

Southwesterly backing southerly later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good

Fair Isle

South veering southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough in southeast, otherwise very rough or high. Showers. Good

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first in Southeast Iceland, backing southerly 5 to 7 later. High or very high, becoming very rough or high. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

Gale warnings

Sea area gale warnings issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1543 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019

All gale warnings currently in force

Viking, issued: 2148 UTC on Friday 22 February 2019
Southerly gale force 8 continuing

North Utsire, issued: 2148 UTC on Friday 22 February 2019
Southerly gale force 8 continuing

FitzRoy, issued: 0949 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Sole, issued: 0949 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Shannon, issued: 1543 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Rockall, issued: 1543 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Malin, issued: 1543 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Hebrides, issued: 1543 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Southwesterly gale force 8 backing southeasterly later.

Bailey, issued: 1543 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon then backing southeasterly later

Faeroes, issued: 1543 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Southeast Iceland, issued: 1543 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019
Southwesterly storm force 10, decreasing severe gale force 9 soon, then gale force 8 later