Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Fair Isle 990 expected German Bight 998 by 1800 Monday. New high expected Biscay 1018 by same time. Lows northwest Rockall 995 and Thames 994 both losing their identities

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southeasterly backing northwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly backing northwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly backing northwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwest 3 or 4, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, backing west 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Plymouth

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Biscay

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, southwesterly 4 to 6. In north, cyclonic becoming southerly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
In south, rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. in north, rough, occasionally very rough at first, becoming mo later in east.
Weather
In south, rain, fog patches. In north, rain and fog patches in west.
Visibility
In south, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In north, moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

Sole

Wind
Cyclonic becoming southerly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first, becoming mo later in east.
Weather
Rain and fog patches in west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

Lundy

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough until later in south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough until later in south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Wind
West 3 to 5, backing south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic becoming southeast later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Malin

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, veering east 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, veering east 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
East or northeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic becoming north, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in southeast, otherwise rough occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Snow showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Snow showers.
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).

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