Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low northwest Fitzroy 1014 slow moving, deepening 1012 by midnight tonight

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
West or northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

North Utsire

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Forth

Wind
Northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Tyne

Wind
Northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Dogger

Wind
Northeast 2 to 4, occasionally 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
Variable 4, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor, becoming good.

German Bight

Wind
In north, variable 4, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5. In south, northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later in south.
Weather
Fog patches at first, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Humber

Wind
Northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Thames

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Dover

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Wight

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth becoming slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Portland

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Plymouth

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

Biscay

Wind
Variable 4 , becoming northeasterly 4 or 5 later in east.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in southeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches in southeast.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Fastnet

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
Northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Malin

Wind
Northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
In southeast, northeasterly 3 to 5. In northwest, southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
In southeast, showers. In northwest, drizzle, fog patches later in northwest.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Wind
In south, southwesterly 3 to 5. In north, southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
In south, slight or moderate. in north, moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
West 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate in north and west.
Weather
Drizzle and fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 until later in north.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first in north.
Weather
Drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain.
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).

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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