Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

New lows expected 100 miles north of faeroe islands 955 and just southwest of Iceland 955 by 1800 Friday. New high expected east Biscay 1032 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing, backing southwesterly severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Wintry showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing, backing southwesterly severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Wintry showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 imminent, backing southwesterly soon and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Wintry showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 continuing, backing southwesterly severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in north and east.
Weather
Wintry showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 continuing, backing southwesterly severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in east.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 continuing, backing southwesterly severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in east.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
West backing southwest, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then fair, then rain at times later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing southwesterly soon

Wind
West backing southwest, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then fair, then rain at times later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West backing southwest, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then fair, then rain at times later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered westerly, backing southwesterly soon

Wind
West backing southwest, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then fair, then rain at times later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered westerly, backing southwesterly soon

Wind
West backing southwest, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then fair, then rain at times later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered westerly, backing southwesterly soon and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West backing southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then fair, then rain at times later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
West 5 to 7 backing southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West 5 to 7 backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West 5 to 7 backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West 5 to 7 backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwesterly 5 or 6 in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Trafalgar

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far southeast and far southwest.
Weather
Showers in southwest, fair elsewhere.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in south.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northeasterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later. In north, southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
In south, rough or very rough. in north, very rough.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good at first.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good at first.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing southwesterly imminent

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high in southwest, rough or very rough in northeast.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good at first.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8, backing southwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8, backing southwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
High.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering westerly and increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
High or very high.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering westerly and increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 increasing storm force 10 soon

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in northwest.
Sea state
Very rough or high in southeast, high or very high in northwest.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Storm force 10 continuing, backing southwesterly soon

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 at times.
Sea state
High or very high.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough in southeast, but becoming very high for a time later in northwest.
Weather
Rain or squally showers, wintry later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good in southeast.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent, increasing storm force 10 soon

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time.
Sea state
High or very high.
Weather
Rain or squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, increasing storm force 10 soon

Wind
In southeast, southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time. In northwest, cyclonic 4 to 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
In southeast, high or very high. in northwest, rough or very rough becoming very rough or high.
Weather
In southeast, rain or squally wintry showers. In northwest, rain, snow or wintry showers.
Visibility
In southeast, poor. In northwest, moderate, occasionally very poor.

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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