Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Faeroes 967 expected Hebrides 978 by 0600 Monday. Low west Shannon 979 losing its identity by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
South or southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
South or southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
South or southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but westerly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
Westerly, 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly storm 10 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale 8 imminent

Wind
West backing southwest gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly storm 10 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale 8 imminent

Wind
West backing southwest gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 now backed southwesterly and decreased gale force 8

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, backing south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Very rough or high, but rough for a time in southeast.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
In south, southwesterly 4 to 6, veering north 5 to 7 later. In north, westerly or southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
In south, very rough or high. in north, very rough or high.
Weather
In south, occasional rain. In north, squally showers.
Visibility
In south, good occasionally poor. In north, good occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 7 or gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 7 or gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale 9 backing and decreasing southwesterly gale 8 imminent

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming northeast 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering northeasterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming northeast 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering northeasterly and decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional sleet.
Visibility
Moderate 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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