Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low 300 miles west of Rockall 962 expected 150 miles west of Bailey 970 by midday tomorrow.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Biscay

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, but northeasterly 5 or 6 in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
In southeast, southwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. In northwest, southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, veering westerly or northwesterly later.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough. in northwest, rough or very rough.
Weather
In southeast, thundery rain later. In northwest, rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally poor later. In northwest, moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now backed southerly, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 or 5 in west, then becoming cyclonic 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now backed southerly, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now backed southerly, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6 later, becoming cyclonic later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now backed southerly

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in northwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly, becoming cyclonic later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in south.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shipping forecast information

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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