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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at 0600

High 120 miles west of Shannon 1033 expected Norwegian Basin 1035 by 0600 tomorrow. Low Thames 1017 losing its identity

Viking
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming north 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
South Utsire
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Forties
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Cromarty
Wind
North 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Forth
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Tyne
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Dogger
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Fisher
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
German Bight
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Humber
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers and fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.
Thames
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Dover
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Wight
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches, thundery showers later.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Portland
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches, thundery showers later.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Plymouth
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches, thundery showers later.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Biscay
Wind
North 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 23:15 on Thu 24 May 2018 UTC
Wind
Northerly 5 to 7 in west, variable 3 or 4 in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
FitzRoy
Wind
Northerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers in east.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in east.
Sole
Wind
Northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Lundy
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Fastnet
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Irish Sea
Wind
North 4 or 5, veering northeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Shannon
Wind
North veering northeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Rockall
Wind
Northerly veering northeasterly 5 or 6, but variable 3 or 4 in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Malin
Wind
North veering northeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Hebrides
Wind
In southeast, northerly veering northeasterly 5 or 6. In northwest, variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate. in northwest, moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Bailey
Wind
In southeast, variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly 4 or 5 later. In northwest, southwesterly backing southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate. in northwest, moderate.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, showers.
Visibility
Good.
Fair Isle
Wind
Northeast, veering east later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in southeast.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Faeroes
Wind
Variable, becoming southeast later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, backing southerly 4 or 5, then increasing 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

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).

 

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