Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

New lows expected Fair Isle 981 and Lundy 983 by midday tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
South 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in south.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
West 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
West 4 to 6, backing south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
West 4 to 6, backing south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
West 4 to 6, backing south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, backing west 6 to gale 8, occasional severe gale force 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, but elsewhere moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers in southwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northeasterly 5 to 7 at first in south, otherwise northwesterly 4 to 6, backing westerly 6 to gale 8, occasional severe gale force 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, backing west 6 to gale 8, occasional severe gale force 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough or high in southwest, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, veering north 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, veering north 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally very high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon, then increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, veering north 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
High, occasionally very high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in southeast, otherwise very rough or high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then northerly 7 later in west, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northerly and increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northerly gale 8 to storm 10.
Sea state
High or very high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate or 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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