Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

High north Shannon 1042 expected northwest Plymouth 1041 by 0600 tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough at first, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough at first, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
North, backing west or northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
North, backing west or northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
North, backing west or northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
Northeast, becoming variable, mainly north, 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Northeast, becoming variable, mainly north, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Northeast, becoming variable, mainly north, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

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

Trafalgar

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far southeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in north and gale 8 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
East, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5 in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight later in east.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair then occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair then occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in northwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Northwest at first, otherwise west or southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

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

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times.
Visibility
Moderate or 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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