Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Developing Atlantic low moving steadily northeast, expected Faeroes 993 by 1800 Saturday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
South 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in northwest.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough at first in southwest, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5 later in southeast.
Sea state
Rough at first in west, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Wind
Cyclonic in southeast, otherwise northerly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Northerly 4 to 6 in far southeast, elsewhere variable 2 to 4, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Lundy

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fastnet

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough in south.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 3 for a time in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in south, moderate or rough in north.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southerly becoming cyclonic, 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southerly becoming cyclonic, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Shipping forecast information

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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