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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midnight

Low 250 miles west of Bailey 1011 expected 250 miles northeast of Iceland 1004 by midnight tonight. New high expected 250 miles west of Shannon 1033 by same time. High Forties 1030 dissipating

Viking
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
North Utsire
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
South Utsire
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Forties
Wind
Variable becoming east 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.
Cromarty
Wind
Southeast 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Forth
Wind
Southeast backing northeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Tyne
Wind
East or northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Dogger
Wind
East or northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Fisher
Wind
East or northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
German Bight
Wind
East or northeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches in northwest.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in northwest.
Humber
Wind
East or northeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches in northwest.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in northwest.
Thames
Wind
Northeast, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Wind
Northeast, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Wight
Wind
North or northeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.
Portland
Wind
North or northeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.
Plymouth
Wind
North or northeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.
Biscay
Wind
Northeast 3 or 4, backing north 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 23:15 on Wed 23 May 2018 UTC
Wind
Cyclonic, becoming mainly northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
FitzRoy
Wind
In south, northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. In north, northerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
In south, showers. In north, mainly fair.
Visibility
In south, mainly good. In north, good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Wind
In west, northerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. In east, northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
In west, moderate, occasionally rough. in east, slight or moderate.
Weather
In west, mainly fair. In east, showers.
Visibility
In west, good, occasionally poor. In east, moderate or good.
Lundy
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Fastnet
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Irish Sea
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Shannon
Wind
In southeast, variable 3, becoming northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. In northwest, southerly veering northerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally poor. In northwest, mainly good.
Rockall
Wind
Southerly veering northerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Malin
Wind
Southerly veering northerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Hebrides
Wind
Southerly veering northerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Bailey
Wind
South veering northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Fair Isle
Wind
South 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, moderate or rough in northwest.
Weather
Fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Faeroes
Wind
South veering west later, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Cyclonic mainly southerly veering southwesterly, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

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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