Met Office

Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0015 UTC on Tuesday 12 December 2017 for the period 0600 UTC Tuesday 12 December to 0600 UTC Wednesday 13 December 2017.

There are warnings of gales in Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides and Bailey.

The general synopsis at 1800

Frontal trough mid Atlantic expected Iceland to northern Scotland to northwest Spain by 1800 Tuesday. Low Fair Isle 991 losing its identity. Low netherlands 977 moving away rapidly northeastwards.

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7 later. Mainly moderate. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

North or northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Wintry showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames

North or northeast, backing southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Dover, Wight, Portland

Northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate for a time. Showers. Good

Plymouth, Biscay

North or northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Trafalgar

Northerly 5 to 7 backing westerly 4 or 5 later in north. Very rough becoming rough later. Showers. Good

FitzRoy

North backing west or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Very rough becoming rough later. Showers then rain. Good, occasionally moderate

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

North 5 or 6, backing south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate

Irish Sea

North 5 or 6, backing southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight or moderate. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate

Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides

Northwest 4 or 5, backing south 6 to gale 8, then veering west or northwest later. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later in west Rockall. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor

Bailey

South 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, then veering west later. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Cyclonic becoming south for a time, 5 or 6, increasing 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Southeast Iceland

South 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough, becoming very rough or high later. Wintry showers, then rain. Good, occasionally poor

Gale warnings

Sea area gale warnings issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2152 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017

All gale warnings currently in force

Fisher, issued: 2000 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

German Bight, issued: 0949 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Humber, issued: 0949 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Thames, issued: 2152 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Shannon, issued: 2152 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected soon veering northwesterly later

Rockall, issued: 2152 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected soon veering northwesterly later

Malin, issued: 2152 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Gale now ceased but westerly gale force 8 expected later

Hebrides, issued: 2152 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Bailey, issued: 2152 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017
Southerly gale force 8 expected soon veering northwesterly later