Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 1007 southwest Norway losing its identity by 0600 tomorrow. New low 1003 expected southeast Forties by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Westerly backing southerly or southeasterly, 4 or 5, veering southwesterly 5 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Westerly backing southerly or southeasterly, 4 or 5, veering southwesterly 5 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6 becoming cyclonic 4 for a time, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Northwest backing southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Northwest backing southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Northwest backing southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Northwest backing southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable, becoming south or southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Variable, becoming south or southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Variable, becoming south or southwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Variable 3 becoming westerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

Wind
Variable 3 becoming westerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 3 becoming westerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 3 but easterly 4 at first in south, becoming westerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in east.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in southeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Southerly, veering westerly later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Sole

Wind
Southerly, veering westerly later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Lundy

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
South or southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Southeasterly, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
In southwest, southeasterly, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first . In northeast, variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
In southwest, moderate, occasionally rough. in northeast, slight or moderate.
Weather
In southwest, occasional rain, fog patches . In northeast, fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in southwest.

Malin

Wind
Variable 3 or 4 in south, otherwise northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming rough later in north.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming rough later in north.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic 3 or 4 but northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6 in west.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough in west.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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