Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low north Biscay 1009 expected France 1011 by midnight tonight

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
South 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 becoming southerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Northwesterly backing southerly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming south or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming south or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, smooth or slight in west.
Weather
Showers, becoming thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming south or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, smooth or slight in west.
Weather
Showers, becoming thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming south or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, becoming thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming south or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
Variable, becoming southeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Variable, becoming southeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable 1 to 3 becoming east or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south or southwest 2 to 4 later, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first in northeast, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Biscay

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle at times in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northwesterly backing southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later. In north, northwesterly 3 to 5 backing southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
In south, moderate. in north, moderate, becoming rough later in west.
Weather
In south, rain or drizzle, fog patches in southeast. In north, showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming poor at times, but occasionally very poor in far southeast.

Sole

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5 backing southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later in west.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
Variable 2 becoming southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Fastnet

Wind
Variable 2 becoming southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate, then becoming rough later in west.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 2 becoming southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Shannon

Wind
Northwest 2 to 4 backing southeast 4 to 6, veering west later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
West 2 to 4 backing east or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in south.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
Southwesterly backing southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, smooth or slight in east.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
South 3 to 5 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in east.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first in south.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very 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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