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Shipping forecast

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The general synopsis at midday

New low expected 100 miles south of Iceland 988 by midday tomorrow.

Viking
Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
North Utsire
Wind
Variable, becoming southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
South Utsire
Wind
Variable, becoming southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
Forties
Wind
South or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, mainly later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Cromarty
Wind
South or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, mainly later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Forth
Wind
South or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, mainly later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Tyne
Wind
West backing southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Dogger
Wind
West backing southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Fisher
Wind
Northwest backing southwest, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
German Bight
Wind
Northwest backing southwest, 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Humber
Wind
West or southwest, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Thames
Wind
West or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Dover
Wind
West or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Wight
Wind
West or southwest, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Portland
Wind
West or southwest, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Wind
West or southwest, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Biscay
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 23:15 on Mon 13 Aug 2018 UTC
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly, occasionally cyclonic in far southeast, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches near west portugal coast.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near west portugal coast.
FitzRoy
Wind
In south, northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at times. In north, variable 2 or 3, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
In south, slight or moderate. in north, slight or moderate.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, but fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, but fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fastnet
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, but fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, but fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shannon
Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, but moderate or poor for a time.
Fair Isle
Wind
South veering southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in southwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good at times later.
Faeroes
Wind
South veering southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in southwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good at times later.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southwesterly, 3 or 4, increasing 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good 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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