Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low 200 miles west of Fitzroy 985 slow-moving and filling 992 by midday tomorrow. High 200 miles north of Faeroes 1032 expected 100 miles northeast of Faeroes 1035 by same time. High Humber 1031 dissipating

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Northerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in east.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in far west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
In northeast, northerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in east. In southwest, variable mainly easterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
In northeast, moderate, occasionally slight in west. in southwest, slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
In northeast, showers. In southwest, fair.
Visibility
In northeast, good. In southwest, good.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable mainly easterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Variable mainly easterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable mainly easterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Variable mainly easterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable, becoming northeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
East 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers in far west.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected soon

Forecast issued:

Wind
In southeast, variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time. In northwest, southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
In southeast, slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later. in northwest, moderate or rough, becoming very rough later, occasionally high later in northwest.
Weather
In southeast, mainly fair. In northwest, thundery showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, good occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough at first in east, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough at first in east, otherwise rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lundy

Wind
East 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in southwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
East 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers later in southwest.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
East 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
East 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate in northeast.
Weather
Showers in south.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Rockall

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far south.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in southwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Malin

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far south.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far south.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far south.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fog patches at first in north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first in north.

Fair Isle

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5 in far southwest, otherwise variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly, veering southerly or southwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very 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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