Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Hebrides 979, moving steadily east and losing its identity by 1800 Wednesday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly westerly, 3 to 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time in south.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly westerly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

South Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly westerly, 3 to 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered westerly

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing south or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing south or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing south or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing south or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West, backing south or southwest, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming poor later.

Trafalgar

Wind
In southeast, variable 2 to 4. In northwest, southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough, but mainly slight in sheltered east. in northwest, rough or very rough.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, occasional rain.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, backing southeasterly 5 for a time, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in northeast.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Sole

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, backing southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, drizzle and fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, drizzle and fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Fastnet

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, backing southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, drizzle and fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered westerly

Wind
West backing southwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shannon

Wind
West backing southwest, then south later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, drizzle and fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing southwesterly soon

Wind
West backing southwest, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 continuing, backing southwesterly soon

Wind
West backing southwest, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
In north, cyclonic 3 to 5, in south, westerly 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
In north, cyclonic 3 to 5, in south, westerly 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in south.
Sea state
Very rough until later in northwest, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry 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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