Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Sole 994 expected eastern Europe 994 by midnight tonight. Low Faeroes 984 losing its identity

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southwest veering west 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Snow showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional snow.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South 4 or 5, veering northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or sleet, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South 4 or 5, veering northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or sleet, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 imminent then decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, becoming cyclonic, mainly southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 imminent then decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, becoming cyclonic, mainly southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North 5 or 6, becoming variable 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then south or southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then south or southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then south or southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Northwest backing south later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Northwest backing south 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Good becoming moderate or poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic, mainly southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic, mainly southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic, mainly southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 veering southeasterly later

Wind
In south, northwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic, mainly southwesterly 5 or 6. In north, northwest veering southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
In south, rain or wintry showers. In north, rain or snow.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally poor. In north, moderate, occasionally very poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Snow showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Snow showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 veering easterly later

Wind
Northerly veering easterly, 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Snow showers.
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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