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, Fisher, Biscay, FitzRoy, Sole, Fastnet, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

Low just west of Bailey 977 moving steadily north, filling 988 by midday tomorrow

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Southerly 4 to 6 at first in Viking, otherwise southeasterly 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in northwest Viking. Rain. Good, occasionally poor

Northeast Forties

Southerly backing southeasterly, 4 to 6. Moderate or rough. Rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Southerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north Forties and north Cromarty. Mainly fair, fog patches in Forties. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, decreasing very poor at times in Forties

Fisher, German Bight

Southeasterly becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time in northeast Fisher. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in German Bight. Rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Humber, Thames

Southwest becoming variable, 3 to 5. Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight. Rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Dover, Wight

Southwest veering west, 3 to 5. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west of Wight. Rain, thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Portland, Plymouth, Biscay

West veering northwest later, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time in Biscay. Moderate or rough at first in Portland, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west except in Portland. Rain, thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Cyclonic becoming north or northwest, 4 to 6. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in far northwest. Rain for a time in north and west. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in northwest.

FitzRoy, Sole

Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in Sole and north FitzRoy, decreasing 3 to 5 later. Rough at first in southeast FitzRoy, otherwise very rough or high, occasionally very high at first in northwest Sole. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southwesterly veering northwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in southwest Fastnet. Moderate or rough in Irish Sea, rough or very rough in Lundy and very rough or high in Fastnet. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in southwest, veering northwesterly 4 to 6. High, occasionally very high at first in far west, becoming very rough later. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough later. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 3 later. Moderate or rough in southeast Fair Isle, but elsewhere rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in northwest of Faeroes. Showers. Good

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8 at first in southeast, otherwise cyclonic 4 to 6. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in southeast. Rain. Good, occasionally poor

Gale warnings

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

Viking, issued:
Gale now ceased, but southeasterly gale force 8 soon

North Utsire, issued:
Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

South Utsire, issued:
Southerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, then backing southeasterly later

Fisher, issued:
Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Biscay, issued:
Westerly gale force 8 expected later

FitzRoy, issued:
Gale now ceased but westerly gale force 8 expected later

Sole, issued:
Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Fastnet, issued:
Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Shannon, issued:
Southwesterly storm force 10 now decreased severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 imminent, veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Rockall, issued:
Southwesterly storm force 10 now decreased severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Malin, issued:
Severe gale force 9 backing southerly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Hebrides, issued:
Southwesterly storm force 10 now decreased severe gale force 9, decreasing 8 imminent

Bailey, issued:
Southwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Fair Isle, issued:
Southerly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8 and veered southwesterly

Faeroes, issued:
Southerly storm force 10, decreasing severe gale force 9 and veering southwesterly imminent, then decreasing gale force 8 soon

Southeast Iceland, issued:
Gale force 8 backing southwesterly imminent