Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

New high expected southeast Malin 1039 by midnight tonight. Low just southwest of Iceland 990 expected north Iceland 997 by same time. High Fastnet 1037 dissipating.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly veering northwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Forth

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Dogger

Wind
Variable becoming north or northwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
Variable becoming north or northwest, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later in northeast.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

German Bight

Wind
Variable becoming north or northwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Humber

Wind
Variable becoming north or northwest, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northeasterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northeasterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northeasterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northeasterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate in south, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Plymouth

Wind
In east, variable 2 to 4, becoming northeasterly 3 or 4 later. In west, northeasterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
In east, moderate. in west, moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
In east, fair. In west, fog patches for a time later.
Visibility
In east, moderate or good. In west, moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time later.

Biscay

Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 continuing

Forecast issued:

Wind
Easterly 6 to gale 8 in far southeast, otherwise northerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 until later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In southeast, northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in southeast. In northwest, variable 2 to 4, becoming northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough. in northwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, occasional drizzle and fog patches.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Sole

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional drizzle and fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Lundy

Wind
Variable, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle at first, fog patches until later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Fastnet

Wind
Variable, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in southwest.
Weather
Occasional drizzle at first, fog patches until later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle at first, fog patches until later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later.

Shannon

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, backing southeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Malin

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 later.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Hebrides

Wind
In south, southwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 later. In north, southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
In south, rough. in north, rough or very rough.
Weather
In south, mainly fair. In north, showers.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally poor at first. In north, good, occasionally moderate.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered southwesterly

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
High at first in north, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, but moderate east of northern isles.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered southwesterly

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, veering westerly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers until later.
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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