Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 250 miles west of Bailey 986 expected 50 miles south of Iceland 993 by 0600 tomorrow. New low expected Trafalgar 1012 by same time. High FitzRoy 1022 expected France 1025 by that time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
South, veering southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair then showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
South, veering west or southwest, 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Cromarty

Wind
South, veering west or southwest, 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Wind
South, veering west or southwest, 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Wind
South, veering west or southwest, 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
South, veering west or southwest, 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Fisher

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain or showers then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain or showers then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth at first, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain or showers at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor becoming good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain or showers at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor becoming good.

Wight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain or showers at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor becoming good.

Portland

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 continuing

Forecast issued:

Wind
Easterly 6 to gale 8 in far southeast, otherwise northerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, northeasterly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5. In northwest, southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough. in northwest, moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, good occasionally moderate.

Sole

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Lundy

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
South or southwest, veering west for a time, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain or showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Shannon

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Rockall

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Malin

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Hebrides

Wind
South, veering southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Wind
South, veering southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fair Isle

Wind
South, veering southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Faeroes

Wind
South, veering southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southeasterly, becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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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