Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low Southeast Iceland 995 slow moving expected 999 by midday tomorrow. High Wight 1023 expected German Bight 1017 by same time. New low expected Fair Isle 999 by that time. New low expected Biscay 1007 by midday tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
South or southwest 2 to 4, backing southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 2 to 4, backing southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

South Utsire

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 2 to 4, backing southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Wind
West or southwest, backing south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth along coastlines, otherwise slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
West or southwest, backing south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth along coastlines, otherwise slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
West or southwest, backing south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth along coastlines, otherwise slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
West or southwest, backing south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth along coastlines, otherwise slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
West or southwest, backing south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth along coastlines, otherwise slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
West or northwest 3 to 5, backing south 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

German Bight

Wind
West or northwest 3 to 5, backing south 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Humber

Wind
Southwest, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Thames

Wind
Southwest, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
Southwest, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
Variable, becoming north or northeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

Wind
Variable, becoming north or northeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable, becoming north or northeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Wind
North or northeast becoming cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, but slight along coasts.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Cyclonic mainly northwesterly 4 to 6, but 7 or gale 8 at first in far southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming northwest 3 to 5 later. In north, variable 2 to 4 in east, otherwise southwesterly veering westerly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
In south, moderate occasionally rough at first. in north, moderate.
Weather
In south, thundery showers . In north, showers.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally poor. In north, good.

Sole

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 in east, otherwise southwesterly veering westerly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Fastnet

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Shannon

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches, then thundery showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
Southwest becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches, then thundery showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Southwest becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches, then thundery showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwest becoming cyclonic, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain then thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwest becoming cyclonic, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain then thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches in north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north.

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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