Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Iceland 993 moving steadily east and losing its identity by 1800 Monday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in northeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in northeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Thames

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
Northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in northeast.
Weather
Fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Biscay

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Trafalgar

Wind
Variable, mainly northerly, 2 to 4, occasionally 5 in northwest.
Sea state
Slight, but moderate in northwest and smooth in far southeast.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

FitzRoy

Wind
Northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in south.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Sole

Wind
Northwest, veering north, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Lundy

Wind
Westerly 3 or 4, veering northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fastnet

Wind
Westerly 3 or 4, veering northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
In south, westerly 3 or 4, veering northeasterly 4 or 5. In north, northeasterly 2 to 4, backing northwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
In south, slight or moderate, occasionally smooth. in north, smooth or slight.
Weather
In south, rain. In north, fair.
Visibility
In south, moderate or good. In north, good.

Shannon

Wind
West 3 to 5, veering northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Malin

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West, veering northwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8, veering northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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