Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Hebrides 979 expected Forties 989 by 0600 tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southerly 5 or 6, backing southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough at first, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly 5 or 6, backing southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough at first, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly 5 or 6, backing southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
South 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic, then southwesterly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
South 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic, then southwesterly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
South 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic, then southwesterly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southwest veering west for a time, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Southwest veering west for a time, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly later, becoming cyclonic at times in north, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later in south and east.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, then backing southwest later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, then backing southwest later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in northeast, elsewhere rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, then backing southwest later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, then backing southwest later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, then decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in far southeast, but elsewhere rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly then veering westerly later, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing southwesterly soon

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly then veering westerly later, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming high later in west.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
West or northwest, backing south or southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough or high at first in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
West or northwest, backing south or southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough or high at first in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or northwest, backing south or southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, backing south or southeast then veering southwest later, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high later in west.
Weather
Rain, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, backing south or southeast then veering southwest later, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high later in west.
Weather
Rain, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeast 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeast 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
North 4 or 5, veering southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming east or northeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Wind
Northeasterly veering easterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northeasterly veering easterly, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

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 containing wind direction and force, sea state, weather and visibility.

Gale warnings are issued as required throughout the day (for winds of Gale Force 8 or more).

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