Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

New high expected Fastnet 1025 by midday Friday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

North Utsire

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

South Utsire

Wind
Westerly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Wind
Westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Cromarty

Wind
Westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Wind
Westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

German Bight

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth later in west.
Weather
Fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Thames

Wind
Variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
Northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

Wind
Northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Plymouth

Wind
Northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Wind
In north, northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6. In south, easterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
In north, slight or moderate. in south, slight or moderate.
Weather
In north, mainly fair. In south, rain.
Visibility
In north, moderate or good. In south, good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Cyclonic 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Northeasterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Northeasterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Northeast 2 to 4, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southwest, smooth or slight in northeast.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
Northeast 2 to 4, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southwest, smooth or slight in northeast.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Shannon

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming south or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough in northwest.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
Westerly, backing southwesterly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in southeast.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Wind
Westerly, backing southwesterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in southeast.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered westerly

Wind
In south, westerly, backing southwesterly, 4 to 6. In north, westerly 6 to gale 8, backing southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
In south, rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in southeast. in north, very rough or high, becoming very rough.
Weather
In south, rain. In north, rain or showers.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally moderate. In north, moderate or good.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 now veered westerly

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, backing southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly imminent

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8, backing southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming very rough, but moderate or rough in southeast.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 now veered westerly

Wind
Westerly 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwesterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Mainly high, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Storm force 10 veering westerly and decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
Westerly 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwesterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Mainly high, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Wintry 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).

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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