Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Ireland 1010 losing its identity. High Biscay 1023 dissipating

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forties

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate at times in south and east.
Weather
Showers at first, perhaps thundery, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers at first, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Forth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers at first, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Tyne

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers at first, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Dogger

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Fisher

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest, 3 to 5, increasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

German Bight

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Humber

Wind
Southwest veering northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
Southwest veering northwest, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle and fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor, becoming good.

Wight

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle and fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor, becoming good.

Portland

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle and fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor, becoming good.

Plymouth

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle and fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor, becoming good.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in north and far southeast.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in far southeast and rough in far north.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northeasterly 4 to 6. In north, northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwesterly 3 to 5 later in west.
Sea state
In south, moderate, occasionally rough in south. in north, moderate.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, occasional drizzle.
Visibility
In south, mainly good. In north, good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwesterly 3 to 5 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
West or northwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Drizzle at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Fastnet

Wind
West or northwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Drizzle at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Irish Sea

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in south.
Weather
Showers at first, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Shannon

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then south 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Rockall

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Malin

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Wind
Northwest backing southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in far northwest.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in far northwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate in northwest, smooth or slight in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

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).

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