Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

New high expected southwest Rockall 1019 by 1800 Monday. New low expected just south of Iceland 1012 by same time. Low northern Scotland 1010, losing its identity

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Variable becoming north 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Forties

Wind
Variable, becoming north, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

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

Forth

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

Tyne

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

Dogger

Wind
North 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
Northeast backing north 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

German Bight

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

Humber

Wind
North, backing northwest, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Thames

Wind
North, backing northwest, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Dover

Wind
Variable, mainly west or northwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Variable, mainly west or northwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in southeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southwest, cyclonic 5 or 6. In northeast, variable 3 or 4, becoming southeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
In southwest, moderate, occasionally rough. in northeast, moderate becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
In southwest, occasional rain. In northeast, showers.
Visibility
In southwest, good, occasionally moderate. In northeast, good.

Sole

Wind
In west, southeasterly 5 or 6. In east, variable, mainly northerly or northwesterly, 3 or 4.
Sea state
In west, moderate. in east, slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Variable, mainly northerly or northwesterly, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Variable, mainly northerly or northwesterly, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north, becoming variable 3 or less in south.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeasterly 4 or 5 in southwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Malin

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
In southeast, variable 3 or 4. In northwest, northeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
In southeast, slight or moderate. in northwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
In southeast, occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches. In northwest, rain, fog patches.
Visibility
In southeast, moderate, occasionally very poor. In northwest, moderate or good, occasionally very 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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