Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

High just west of Rockall 985 expected Southeast Iceland 978 by midday tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering westerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering westerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering westerly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Forties

Wind
Southeast veering southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeast veering southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Southeast veering southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southeast veering southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Southeast veering southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

German Bight

Wind
South veering southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
South veering southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
In northwest, southwesterly 5 to 7. In southeast, variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
In northwest, rain or drizzle. In southeast, mainly fair.
Visibility
In northwest, moderate, occasionally poor. In southeast, good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northeasterly 4 to 6 in southeast, southerly 3 to 5 in northwest.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high at first in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
In southeast, southerly 5 or 6. In northwest, southwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then southerly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
In southeast, rough or very rough. in northwest, very rough.
Weather
In southeast, occasional drizzle. In northwest, rain.
Visibility
In southeast, moderate or good. In northwest, moderate or poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then southerly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then southeast 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then southeast 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6, then becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 to 7, then backing southeast later.
Sea state
High, becoming very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor becoming good.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly imminent

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon veering southwesterly later

Wind
Southeasterly becoming cyclonic, then southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon veering southwesterly later

Wind
Southeasterly becoming cyclonic, then southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly becoming cyclonic, then southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or 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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