Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low west of Bailey 995 expected Southeast Iceland 988 by 1800 Thursday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Variable 2 or 3 at first in east, otherwise southeast 4 to 6, veering south 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain and fog patches.
Visibility
Good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming south or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Forties

Wind
Southeast veering south or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeast veering south or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Wind
Southeast veering south or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
Southeast veering south or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Wind
Southeast veering south or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5 at first in northeast, otherwise south or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
South or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Thames

Wind
South or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
South or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
South or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Portland

Wind
South or southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Plymouth

Wind
South or southwest veering northwest later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.

Trafalgar

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 far southeast, otherwise northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight until later in far southeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6. In northwest, southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough. in northwest, moderate.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, rain and fog patches, showers later.
Visibility
In southeast, moderate or good. In northwest, moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Sole

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in far northwest.
Weather
Rain and fog patches, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Lundy

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain and fog patches, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Fastnet

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain and fog patches, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Irish Sea

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain and fog patches, showers later perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Shannon

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, slight in far east.
Weather
Rain and fog patches at first, showers later, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Hebrides

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, slight in far east.
Weather
Rain and fog patches at first, showers later, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Bailey

Wind
Southeasterly becoming cyclonic 3 or 4 in northwest, otherwise southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain and fog patches at first, showers later, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southeast veering south or southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain and fog patches, showers later, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Faeroes

Wind
Southeast veering south or southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain and fog patches, showers later, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, 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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