Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Dogger 1016 slow-moving losing its identity by midnight tonight. New low moving rapidly northeast expected Bailey 960 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 2 to 4, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly storm force 10 expected later

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 2 to 4, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 2 to 4, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, increasing 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, increasing 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming south 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

German Bight

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4, becoming south or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4, becoming south or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4, becoming south or southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Smooth at first in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Smooth at first in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Smooth at first in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming rough later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Smooth at first in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate, becoming rough later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Biscay

Wind
In northwest, variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. In southeast, variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
In northwest, smooth at first in shelter, otherwise slight or moderate. in southeast, slight or moderate.
Weather
In northwest, mainly fair. In southeast, showers.
Visibility
In northwest, good, occasionally poor later. In southeast, good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
In southeast, northeasterly, backing southwesterly, 4 to 6. In northwest, southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate occasionally rough. in northwest, moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, rain later.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, good becoming moderate or poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good becoming moderate or poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good becoming moderate or poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good becoming moderate or poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, backing south 7 to severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 imminent, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South, veering west or southwest, 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South, veering west or southwest, 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South, becoming cyclonic, 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South, becoming cyclonic, 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South, becoming cyclonic, 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South, becoming cyclonic, 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough, occasionally high later in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or 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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