Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 200 miles west of Shannon 997 expected Fitzroy with little change by 0600 tomorrow. Low Southeast Iceland 1010 slow-moving and deepening 1009 by same time. New low expected Thames 1005 by that time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
In east, northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6. In west, southeasterly, backing northeasterly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
In east, slight or moderate. in west, slight.
Weather
In east, mainly fair. In west, showers.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeasterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Southeasterly, backing northeasterly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Southeasterly, backing northeasterly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Fisher

Wind
Cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

German Bight

Wind
Cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Humber

Wind
North or northeast, becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

Thames

Wind
North or northeast, becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

Dover

Wind
East or northeast, veering southwest later, 4 to 6, becoming variable 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

Wight

Wind
East or northeast, veering southwest later, 4 to 6, becoming variable 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

Portland

Wind
East or northeast, becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

Plymouth

Wind
East or northeast, becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight, becoming slight or moderate later, occasionally rough later in southwest.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

Biscay

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 for a time in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northwesterly, backing westerly or southwesterly in northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly, 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Southerly, 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first in east.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
East or southeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
East or southeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
East or southeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Southeasterly, backing northeasterly later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
In south, southeasterly, backing northeasterly later, 5 to 7. In north, southeasterly, backing northwesterly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, moderate.
Weather
In south, rain. In north, showers.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally poor. In north, good.

Malin

Wind
East backing northeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Bailey

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fair Isle

Wind
East or southeast, becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Wind
South becoming cyclonic, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
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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