Shipping forecast and gale warnings

Forecast valid from: until

Issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at for the period to .

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Fair Isle and Faeroes.

The general synopsis at midday

Low North Utsire 972 moving away rapidly southeastwards and losing its identity by midday tomorrow. High 350 miles west of Shannon 1030 expected Biscay 1022 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough. Squally sleet and snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough. Squally sleet and snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough. Squally sleet and snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough. Squally sleet and snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 2 to 4 later. Very rough at first in northeast, otherwise moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 2 to 4 later. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 2 to 4 later. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 2 to 4 later. Very rough at first in north, otherwise moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 to 6 later. High at first in north, otherwise rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

West or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

West or southwest 4 to 6 veering northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

West or southwest 4 to 6 veering northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

West or southwest 4 to 6 veering northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

West or northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later. Slight, occasionally smooth later. Showers. Good.

Portland

West or northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later. Slight, occasionally smooth later. Showers. Good.

Plymouth

West or northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Biscay

North or northeast veering east, 3 to 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good.

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Cyclonic at first in southeast, otherwise northerly or northwesterly, 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later. Showers at first. Good.

FitzRoy

North or northeast veering east, 3 to 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Showers. Good.

Sole

Northwest 3 to 5 becoming variable 2, then southeast 3 to 5 later. Moderate or rough in west, slight or moderate in east. Showers. Good.

Lundy

West or northwest 4 to 6, backing southwest 3 to 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

West or northwest 4 to 6, backing southwest 3 to 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

West or northwest 4 to 6, backing southwest 3 to 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

West or northwest 4 to 6, backing southwest 3 to 5 later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

West or northwest 4 to 6, backing southwest 3 to 5 later. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

West or northwest 4 to 6, backing southwest 3 to 5 later. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Northwesterly 5 to 7 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5. Rough or very rough. Sleet and snow showers, squally at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Northwesterly 5 to 7 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5, then easterly 6 later in north. Rough or very rough. Sleet and snow showers, squally at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fair Isle

Northwest 6 to gale 8 decreasing 4 to 6, then becoming cyclonic 3 to 5 later. Very rough or high becoming rough, occasionally moderate later. Sleet and snow showers, squally at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Northwest 6 to gale 8 decreasing 4 to 6, then becoming cyclonic 3 to 5 later. Very rough or high becoming rough, occasionally moderate later. Sleet and snow showers, squally at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time in south and west. Very rough becoming rough, then moderate later in west. Sleet and snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor. Light icing in north.

Gale warnings

Sea area gale warnings issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at

Viking, issued:
Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

North Utsire, issued:
Northwesterly storm force 10 now decreased severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 imminent

South Utsire, issued:
Storm force 10 veering northwesterly and decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Forties, issued:
Storm force 10 veering northwesterly and decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent, then decreasing gale force 8 soon

Cromarty, issued:
Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Dogger, issued:
Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Fisher, issued:
Storm force 10 veering northwesterly and decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

German Bight, issued:
Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Fair Isle, issued:
Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Faeroes, issued:
Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 later