Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Faeroes 1007 expected southern Norway 1007 by 1800 Tuesday. Low Spain 1012, slow moving, deepening 1007 by same time. New low expected just south of Iceland 1005 by that time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Cyclonic becoming west or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate for a time.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate for a time.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate for a time.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

German Bight

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Humber

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Thames

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Wight

Wind
West veering northwest later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
West 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
West 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
North 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.

Trafalgar

Wind
Cyclonic in southeast, otherwise northerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. In north, northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, moderate.
Weather
In south, mainly fair. In north, occasional drizzle.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally moderate. In north, good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Lundy

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Irish Sea

Wind
Northwesterly backing westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Shannon

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Malin

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Hebrides

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6, backing south 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6, backing south 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
In south, westerly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4. In north, cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, slight or moderate.
Weather
In south, rain or showers. In north, occasional rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally poor. In north, moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very 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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