Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Atlantic low 988 expected just west of Shannon by midday Saturday.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
North 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Wind
West or northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
West or northwest, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
West or northwest, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
West or northwest, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
West or northwest, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

German Bight

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Humber

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 3 to 5, veering southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, veering west or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, veering west or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Plymouth

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, veering west or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northwesterly, backing southwesterly in north, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Sole

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lundy

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, veering west or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fastnet

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, veering west or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 for a time in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later in south.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 3 to 5 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rockall

Wind
East or southeast, backing northeast later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Malin

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Northeast 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

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).

Marine forecasts disclaimer

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