Met Office

Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1130 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018 for the period 1200 UTC Saturday 15 December to 1200 UTC Sunday 16 December 2018.

There are warnings of gales in all areas except Trafalgar and Bailey.

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Shannon 994 expected Hebrides 980 by 0600 tomorrow. Low Sole 988 losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties

Southeasterly gale 8 to storm 10, perhaps violent storm 11 later in Viking. Rough or very rough, becoming high later, then occasionally very high later in Viking and Forties. Wintry showers, rain or sleet later. Good, occasionally poor

Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Southeasterly gale 8 to storm 10, veering southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later, occasionally 5 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high, becoming very high for a time in north of Forties and Cromarty. Showers, rain or sleet. Good, occasionally poor

Fisher, German Bight

Southeast 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough, becoming high for a time in northwest Fisher. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Humber, Thames

Southeast 7 to severe gale 9, veering southwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough, becoming slight at times later. Rain, showers later. Good, occasionally poor

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

South, veering southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. High for a time in west Plymouth, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in Portland and Plymouth. Rain then squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay, FitzRoy

Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 in south. Very rough or high, occasionally rough. Rain then squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Variable 3 or 4 in southeast, otherwise westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in northwest. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in southeast. Rain in north. Good, occasionally poor in north.

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Cyclonic gale 8 to storm 10, occasionally violent storm 11 at first except in Lundy, becoming west or southwest 5 to 7. Very high at first in Fastnet, otherwise very rough or high, occasionally rough later except in Sole. Rain then squally showers. Moderate or poor

Irish Sea

Southeast 7 to severe gale 9, becoming cyclonic gale 8 to storm 10, then southwest 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in south, becoming mainly moderate later. Rain then squally showers. Moderate or poor

Shannon

Cyclonic severe gale 9 to violent storm 11, becoming southwest 5 to 7. Very rough or high, occasionally very high at first in southeast. Rain then squally showers. Moderate or poor

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides

Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times, becoming southwest 5 to 7. Very rough or high, occasionally rough later. Rain then squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Bailey

South becoming cyclonic for a time, 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 at times. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Southeast, becoming cyclonic later, gale 8 to storm 10. Very rough or high, occasionally very high later in east. Rain or showers. Moderate or poor

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Southerly or southeasterly, becoming cyclonic, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Faeroes. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Gale warnings

Sea area gale warnings issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018

All gale warnings currently in force

Viking, issued: 0358 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, then increasing storm force 10 later

North Utsire, issued: 0358 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing storm force 10 later

South Utsire, issued: 0358 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing storm force 10 later

Forties, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, then increasing storm force 10 later

Cromarty, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, then increasing storm force 10 later

Forth, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing storm force 10 later

Tyne, issued: 0358 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, then increasing storm force 10 later

Dogger, issued: 0358 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, then increasing storm force 10 later

Fisher, issued: 0358 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

German Bight, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Humber, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Thames, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Dover, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 veering southwesterly soon

Wight, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 veering southwesterly soon

Portland, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 veering southwesterly soon

Plymouth, issued: 0358 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Gale force 8 veering southwesterly soon

Biscay, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

FitzRoy, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Sole, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Westerly violent storm force 11 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent, then decreasing gale force 8 soon

Lundy, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon, veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 later

Fastnet, issued: 0358 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Gale force 8 veering southwesterly imminent, increasing violent storm force 11 soon

Irish Sea, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon, veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 later

Shannon, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Westerly violent storm force 11 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent, then decreasing gale force 8 soon

Rockall, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Gale force 8 veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Malin, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly soon

Hebrides, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly severe gale force 9 veering westerly later

Fair Isle, issued: 2203 UTC on Friday 14 December 2018
Southeasterly severe gale force 9 increasing storm force 10 later

Faeroes, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Southeast Iceland, issued: 0955 UTC on Saturday 15 December 2018
Southeasterly gale force 8 continuing