Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low Forties 977 losing its identity by midday tomorrow, new low expected Forties 950 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later, perhaps storm 10 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming very rough or high later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming southwesterly gale 8 to storm 10 later in south, perhaps violent storm 11 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate at first in west, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming northwest 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming northwest 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming west 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest gale 8 to storm 10 later, perhaps violent storm 11 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest gale 8 to storm 10 later, perhaps violent storm 11 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest gale 8 to storm 10 later, perhaps violent storm 11 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 soon

Wind
South veering southwest, 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 or storm 10 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 soon

Wind
South veering southwest, 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 or storm 10 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing storm force 10 soon

Wind
South veering southwest, 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 or storm 10 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Southerly veering westerly or southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Southerly veering westerly or southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Wind
Southerly veering westerly or southwesterly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly imminent, then increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Westerly, becoming cyclonic later in north, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
South veering southwest, 6 to gale 8, then veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon, then increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Westerly, becoming cyclonic later in north, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
North 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough becoming very rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
North 4 or 5 increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough becoming very rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8, backing northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8, backing northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

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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