Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Forth 987 expected Humber 989 by 1800 Tuesday. Atlantic low expected Fitzroy 1006 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly, becoming cyclonic later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic becoming north or northeast, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic becoming north or northeast, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic becoming north or northeast, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
West becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing southeasterly later

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing, backing southwesterly imminent

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

Thames

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

Dover

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

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered northwesterly

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered northwesterly

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in south, moderate or rough in north.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered northwesterly

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Biscay

Wind
Northwesterly, becoming cyclonic later in south, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, rain in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in south.

Trafalgar

Wind
North backing northwest, 4 to 6, increasing 7 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Northeast becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough at first in south.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
In west, northwesterly 5 or 6, veering northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5. In east, northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
In west, high becoming very rough. in east, high becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
In west, fair. In east, squally showers.
Visibility
In west, good, occasionally poor. In east, moderate or good.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
High at first in southwest, otherwise rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later in northeast.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
High, becoming very rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
High, becoming very rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Northwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 6 later.
Sea state
High, becoming very rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northwest, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
High, becoming very rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northwest, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
High, becoming very rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 backing northeasterly soon

Wind
Northeast 6 to gale 8, backing north 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in west.
Weather
Rain then wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally 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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