Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

High Southwest approaches 1024 expected Germany 1033 by midnight tonight. New low expected mid Atlantic 974 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Snow showers, sleet later.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Snow showers, sleet later.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Snow showers, sleet later.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Cromarty

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fisher

Wind
South or southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
South or southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Southwest, backing south or southeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Southwest, backing south or southeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
South or southeast, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in east at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southeast, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain in west later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southeast, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain in west later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Lundy

Wind
South or southeast, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
South or southeast, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
South or southeast, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first in east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first in east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, backing south or southeast 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, backing south or southeast 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly severe gale force 9, veering southerly gale force 8 later

Wind
In south, southerly 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later. In north, easterly or northeasterly, 7 to severe gale 9, veering southerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
In south, rough or very rough. in north, rough or very rough.
Weather
In south, rain or showers. In north, rain or showers.
Visibility
In south, moderate or good, occasionally poor. In north, moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, veering south or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or snow.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8, veering southerly later

Wind
East, veering south later, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or snow.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly severe gale force 9, backing northeasterly violent storm force 11 later

Wind
East or northeast, 7 to severe gale 9, increasing severe gale 9 to violent storm 11 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or snow.
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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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