Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

New lows expected Rockall 983, Shannon 986 and Lundy 987 by 0600 tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
In northeast, easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. In southwest, easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
In northeast, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. in southwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
In northeast, rain or showers. In southwest, occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
In northeast, good, occasionally poor. In southwest, moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Cromarty

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Forth

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Tyne

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Dogger

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
In north, easterly 6 to gale 8. In south, southeasterly, becoming cyclonic for a time, 5 or 6.
Sea state
In north, moderate or rough. in south, moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
In north, rain or showers. In south, thundery showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
In north, good, occasionally poor. In south, moderate, occasionally very poor later.

German Bight

Wind
Southeasterly, becoming cyclonic for a time, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor later.

Humber

Wind
East or southeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
East or southeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
Southwest backing southeast, then veering south later, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Southwest backing southeast, then veering south later, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic, mainly south, 5 to 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic, mainly south, 5 to 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in south.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Forecast issued:

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In east, southerly veering southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south. In west, westerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
In east, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in south. in west, rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in west.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
South backing east, 5 or 6, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
South backing east, 5 or 6, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
East or southeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Cyclonic 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in southwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rockall

Wind
East becoming cyclonic, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
East 5 or 6, veering southeast 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle developing.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Bailey

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle developing.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle developing.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle developing.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In southeast, easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7. In northwest, northeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
In southeast, rain or drizzle developing. In northwest, rain at times.
Visibility
In southeast, good, becoming moderate or poor. In northwest, good, occasionally 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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