Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

High Southeast Iceland 1033 dissipating by midday tomorrow. Low Denmark 1010 expected northwest Germany 1003 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing northwesterly later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing northwesterly later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly 6 to gale 8, but 4 to 5 in east, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing northwesterly later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later, but moderate throughout in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing northwesterly later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later, but slight throughout in moray firth.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far east, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, backing northwesterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in west, backing northwesterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, becoming cyclonic 2 to 4 later in far east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 or 3 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Plymouth

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 or 3 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Biscay

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, but variable 2 to 4 in southwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 later in northeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, moderate or rough in northwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Northeasterly 5 or 6 in south, but northerly or northwesterly 2 to 4 in north.
Sea state
Slight to moderate in north, but moderate in south, occasionally rough in far south.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Sole

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 2 to 4, becoming variable later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 2 to 4, becoming variable later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first, becoming variable later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first in northwest, becoming variable later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5 at first in east, otherwise variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Rockall

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5 at first in east, otherwise variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Malin

Wind
North 2 to 4, veering northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
North 2 to 4, veering northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Faeroes

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches in northeast.
Visibility
Good, but poor or very poor in northeast.

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).

Marine forecasts disclaimer

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