Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Fitzroy 1011 slow moving, filling 1012 by midnight tonight. High Cromarty 1020 expected Fair Isle with little change by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, veering north 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Northerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Northerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
East or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Fog patches at first, becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Cromarty

Wind
East or northeast 2 to 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Fog patches at first, becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Forth

Wind
East or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Fog patches at first, becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Tyne

Wind
East or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Fog patches at first, becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Dogger

Wind
East or northeast 2 to 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Fog patches at first, becoming mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Fisher

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Northeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fog patches at first, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Thames

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Dover

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Wight

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Portland

Wind
West, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in south.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fog patches until later, risk of thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Plymouth

Wind
West, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fog patches until later, risk of thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Biscay

Wind
Northeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then west or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in south.
Weather
Thundery showers.
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, increasing 6 or 7 in south.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in south.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
East, becoming variable later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Easterly 5 at first in east, otherwise cyclonic 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Fastnet

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

Irish Sea

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first in northwest.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
Northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, drizzle and fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
Northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers and drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
In southeast, northeasterly 3 to 5. In northwest, southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in northwest.

Bailey

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less, then southeasterly 4 or 5 later in far south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in east.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, veering westerly, then becoming variable later, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain at times, fog patches developing.
Visibility
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).

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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