Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Southeast Iceland 992 losing its identity by 1800 Saturday. New low expected 120 miles southwest of Iceland 988 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6, increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in south and rough in north.
Weather
Occasional rain in northwest.
Visibility
Good, occasional moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasional poor.

Forth

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasional poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
East or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

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

Humber

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Portland

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasional poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasional poor.

Biscay

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers, thundery at times.
Visibility
Good, occasional poor.

Trafalgar

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6. In north, northwesterly becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, showers. In north, showers, occasionally thundery.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Northwesterly becoming cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, occasionally thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
Northwesterly becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, occasionally thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwesterly becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, occasionally thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasional poor.

Shannon

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly, backing southerly for a time, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly, backing southerly for a time, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in north.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, backing south or southeast 5 to 7 for a time.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in east, becoming variable 2 to 4 then southeasterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 then southeasterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Westerly backing southerly or southeasterly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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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