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Shipping forecast

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The general synopsis at midday

Low Southeast Iceland 991 moving steadily northeast and losing its identity

Viking
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, occasionally squally.
Visibility
Good.
North Utsire
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, occasionally squally.
Visibility
Good.
South Utsire
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, occasionally squally.
Visibility
Good.
Forties
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, occasionally squally.
Visibility
Good.
Cromarty
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, occasionally squally.
Visibility
Good.
Forth
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Tyne
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Dogger
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Fisher
Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
German Bight
Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight except in northwest.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
Humber
Wind
In east, southwesterly veering westerly, 4 or 5. In west, westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
In east, moderate becoming slight. in west, slight.
Weather
In east, rain then showers. In west, showers then fair.
Visibility
In east, good, occasionally poor at first. In west, good.
Thames
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later, but veering northwest 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
Dover
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later, but veering northwest 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
Wight
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later, but veering northwest 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
Portland
Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time in west.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Good.
Biscay
Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time in far northwest.
Weather
Showers at first in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first in south.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 23:15 on Wed 15 Aug 2018 UTC
Wind
Northerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.
FitzRoy
Wind
In south, northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in southeast. In north, northwesterly 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Good.
Sole
Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Lundy
Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Fastnet
Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in northeast, moderate or rough in southwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Irish Sea
Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first, increasing 7 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
Shannon
Wind
West backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Showers, then rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Wind
West backing southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Showers, then rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Wind
Westerly backing southerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, squally at first, then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Wind
Westerly backing southerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, squally at first, then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Wind
Westerly backing southerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, then perhaps gale 8 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, squally at first, then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Wind
West or southwest, backing south later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, moderate or rough in northwest.
Weather
Showers, squally at first, then rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Faeroes
Wind
West or southwest, backing south later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, squally at first, then rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5 becoming variable 3, then cyclonic 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Rough at first in far south, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor 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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