Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

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Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 veering southeasterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southeast, veering south later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough for a time.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5, backing southerly 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing southerly later

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, backing southerly later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
North 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
North 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
North 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
East or northeast 6 to gale 8, veering south or southeast 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
East or northeast 6 to gale 8, veering south or southeast 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming south or southeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough until later, elsewhere slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming south or southeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough until later, elsewhere slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming south or southeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing west or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough until later in southwest, elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing west or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough until later, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing west or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high until later, elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, backing southerly 5 to 7, veering westerly 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
North 2 to 4, backing south 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
North 4 to 6, backing south, then becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
North 4 to 6, backing south, then becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough for a time.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
North 4 to 6, backing south, then becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough for a time.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 backing southerly later

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

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northerly at first, otherwise southeasterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally 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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