Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low north Biscay 1006 expected north France 1010 by midday tomorrow. Low South Utsire 1004 dissipating. New high expected Fair Isle 1019 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 expected soon

Wind
Northerly 6 to gale, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northerly 6 to gale, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 becoming northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough, then becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
North 5 to 7, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
North 5 to 7, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
North 5 to 7, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
North 5 to 7, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Northwest veering northeast, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
West veering north or northeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate, occasionally rough for a time in north.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
West veering north or northeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Fastnet

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Irish Sea

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Shannon

Wind
Northerly, backing southwesterly later in west, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
North 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then south or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Fair, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Wind
North 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then south or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Wind
North 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then south or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate.

Fair Isle

Wind
Northerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough at first in far east, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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).

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