Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Fair Isle 1005 expected Viking 1001 by midnight tonight. New low expected Rockall 1016 by same time.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northerly later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in south.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly, becoming cyclonic, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forth

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

Tyne

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in northeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Variable becoming northwest later 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Variable becoming northwest later 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Variable becoming northwest later 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Variable becoming northwest later 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable becoming northwest later 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Isolated showers and fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Isolated showers and fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Sole

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Isolated showers and fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Lundy

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Fastnet

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Shannon

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
In southwest, cyclonic 4 or 5. In northeast, variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
In southwest, moderate in northeast, moderate or rough.
Weather
In southwest, rain, fog patches . In northeast, mainly fair.
Visibility
In southwest, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In northeast, moderate or good.

Malin

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5 in east, variable veering 3 or 4 in west.
Sea state
East smooth or slight, west moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fair Isle

Wind
In northeast, cyclonic 4 or 5. In southwest, northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
In northeast, moderate occasionally rough. in southwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
In northeast, rain, fog patches. In southwest, rain or showers.
Visibility
In northeast, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In southwest, moderate or good.

Faeroes

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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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