Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

High Fisher 1034 expected Denmark 1025 by midday tomorrow. New low expected Bailey 1002 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Viking

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Occasional rain and drizzle.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Occasional rain and drizzle.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly 3, increasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Variable, becoming east or southeast, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
Variable, becoming east or southeast, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
Variable, becoming east or southeast, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
Northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
Northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
Northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

Wind
Northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Plymouth

Wind
Northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Wind
North or northeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight at first in southeast.
Weather
Showers in south.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northeasterly 6, decreasing 4 or 5. In north, northeasterly, becoming variable, 3 or 4.
Sea state
In south, rough occasionally moderate. in north, moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, fog patches.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, moderate, occasionally very poor.

Sole

Wind
In west, variable 3 or 4, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5. In east, variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
In west, moderate or rough. in east, moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
In west, fog patches. In east, fog patches.
Visibility
In west, poor occasionally very poor. In east, moderate, occasionally very poor.

Lundy

Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Fastnet

Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
South 3 or less, increasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shannon

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough occasionally moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate at first in east.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southwest, becoming cyclonic, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwest, backing southeast for a time, 4 or 5, increasing 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in southeast.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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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