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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midday

High just west of Shannon 1036, expected Shannon with little change by midday tomorrow

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 21:45 on Wed 20 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
North Utsire
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:41 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 21:45 on Wed 20 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Cromarty
Gale warning - issued: 21:45 on Wed 20 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Forth
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Tyne
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 21:45 on Wed 20 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Fisher
Gale warning - issued: 03:43 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 03:43 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Gale warning - issued: 09:41 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 at times in far west, otherwise 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Thames
Gale warning - issued: 15:42 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 at times in far west, otherwise 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Dover
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Wight
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Portland
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Biscay
Wind
Northwesterly at times in southeast, otherwise northerly or northeasterly, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 23:15 on Wed 20 Jun 2018 UTC
Wind
Cyclonic in southeast, otherwise northerly, backing northwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Mainly slight in southeast, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches, then thundery showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
FitzRoy
Wind
Northwesterly at times in southeast, otherwise northerly or northeasterly, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in southeast.
Sole
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lundy
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Fastnet
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Irish Sea
Wind
Variable 3 at times in west, otherwise northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Shannon
Wind
Northerly 5 at first in east, otherwise variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Rockall
Wind
In south, variable 3 or 4. In north, westerly or northwesterly, backing southwesterly later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
In south, moderate, occasionally slight. in north, slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Malin
Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Hebrides
Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Bailey
Wind
West or northwest, backing southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 15:42 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest backing west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Faeroes
Wind
Northwest backing west 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 at first in east, otherwise 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

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 shown on the map.

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.

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