Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

New low expected west of Rockall 957 by midnight tonight. Low south of Iceland 973 moving away slowly west

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

South Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forties

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing southeast 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing southeast 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, backing south 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Plymouth

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Biscay

Wind
West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northwesterly 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 5 later in northwest.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering northwest 4 or 5, then backing southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering northwest 4 or 5, then backing southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 for a time, then increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 for a time, then increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 for a time, then increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southerly severe gale force 9 expected soon, veering westerly later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected soon, veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, veering southwest 4 or 5, then backing southeast 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in west, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southeast 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 4 or 5 for a time, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southeasterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 4 to 6 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
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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