Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Trafalgar 1001 expected Trafalgar 1006 by 0600 tomorrow. High north-Atlantic 1046, moving away westwards

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, backing west 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

North Utsire

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

South Utsire

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Forties

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Cromarty

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Forth

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Dogger

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Fisher

Wind
Westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
In north, westerly 4 to 6. In south, variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
In north, moderate, occasionally rough later. in south, slight or moderate.
Weather
In north, showers. In south, showers later.
Visibility
In north, good. In south, mainly good.

Humber

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Thames

Wind
Northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Northeast 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Northeast 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Northeast 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northeasterly 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south, then decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northeast 7 or gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
Weather
Rain in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in south.

Trafalgar

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Forecast issued:

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7 until later in southeast, otherwise northeasterly 6 to gale 8, backing northwesterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in southeast, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high in far northwest.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northeasterly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 2 to 4 later in southeast.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers, rain in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Northeast 5 or 6, backing north 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Northeast 5 or 6, backing north 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in south.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough in south, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
Northerly backing westerly or northwesterly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Malin

Wind
Northerly backing westerly or northwesterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, then backing southwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times, then becoming cyclonic 3 to 5 later in northeast.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain for a time, wintry showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

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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