Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low west of Shannon 1012 expected Norwegian Basin 1007 by midnight tonight. New lows expected Sole 1014 and Rockall 1015 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly, veering southwesterly later, 2 to 4, occasionally 5 in northwest.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, veering southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in northeast and smooth in southwest.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Forth

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, veering southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth in southwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, becoming smooth or slight for a time.
Weather
Fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Dogger

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Fisher

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 2 to 4, occasionally 5 in north, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Variable, mainly northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Humber

Wind
Variable, mainly northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Thames

Wind
Variable, mainly northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Dover

Wind
Variable, mainly northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Wight

Wind
Variable, mainly east or southeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Variable, mainly east or southeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable, mainly east or southeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in northeast.
Weather
Rain in southwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in southwest.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, but slight until later in southeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, variable 4 or less, becoming northwesterly 3 or 4. In northwest, cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate. in northwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
In southeast, showers. In northwest, rain.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
Variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in southwest.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
South, becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, but slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming northwest later.
Sea state
Rough, but slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain, wintry showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in northwest, veering westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate in northeast.
Weather
Rain then wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5 veering westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
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).

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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