Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low just west of Bailey 977 moving steadily north, filling 988 by midday tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southeasterly gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6 at first, otherwise southeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in northwest.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, then backing southeasterly later

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
In northeast, southerly backing southeasterly, 4 to 6. In southwest, southerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3.
Sea state
In northeast, moderate or rough. in southwest, slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north.
Weather
In northeast, rain, fog patches. In southwest, mainly fair, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in north.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time in northeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Southeasterly becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwest becoming variable, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Thames

Wind
Southwest becoming variable, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Dover

Wind
Southwest veering west, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain, thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Southwest veering west, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Rain, thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
West veering northwest later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough at first, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain, thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
West veering northwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west.
Weather
Rain, thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West veering northwest later, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west.
Weather
Rain, thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Cyclonic becoming north or northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in far northwest.
Weather
Rain for a time in north and west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in northwest.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough at first in southeast, otherwise very rough or high.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally very high at first in northwest.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
Southwesterly veering northwesterly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwesterly veering northwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in southwest.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwesterly veering northwesterly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly storm force 10 now decreased severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 imminent, veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in southwest, veering northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
High, occasionally very high at first in far west, becoming very rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly storm force 10 now decreased severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

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

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly storm force 10 now decreased severe gale force 9, decreasing 8 imminent

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8 and veered southwesterly

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 3 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in southeast, but elsewhere rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly storm force 10, decreasing severe gale force 9 and veering southwesterly imminent, then decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 3 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in northwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing southwesterly imminent

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8 at first in southeast, otherwise cyclonic 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in southeast.
Weather
Rain.
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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