Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Faeroes 995 moving away northward. New low expected just west of Rockall 997 by 0600 tomorrow.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 4 to 6, veering southerly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 4 to 6, veering southerly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Cyclonic 2 at first in north, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7, backing southerly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, but rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.

Cromarty

Wind
Cyclonic 2 at first in north, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7, backing southerly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.

Forth

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 4 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, backing south 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good.

German Bight

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first, and occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Thames

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first, and occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first, and occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Wight

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming east 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Portland

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming east 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming east 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fog patches near iberian coast.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor near iberian coast.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, northeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less. In northwest, southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
In southeast, slight or moderate. in northwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
In southeast, fog patches. In northwest, rain later.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally very poor. In northwest, good, becoming moderate or poor.

Sole

Wind
South 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later in west.

Lundy

Wind
South backing southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fastnet

Wind
South backing southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Irish Sea

Wind
South 5 to 7, decreasing 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Shannon

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 2 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Rockall

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 2 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Malin

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 2 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming cyclonic, mainly south later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough in south.
Weather
Rain and fog patches later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate to very poor.

Bailey

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming cyclonic, mainly south later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough in south.
Weather
Rain and fog patches later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate to very poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, decreasing 2 or 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, decreasing 2 or 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming easterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Drizzle.
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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