Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

High southern Norway 1039 slow-moving with little change. High northern England 1036 dissipating

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later in northwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly 3 to 5 later in west.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable mainly southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later in northeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Variable mainly southeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
North becoming variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south, becoming variable 3 at times in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south, becoming variable 3 at times in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south, becoming variable 3 at times in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough at first in far southwest, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Cyclonic in south, otherwise northerly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later in far northwest.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing northeasterly imminent

Wind
In south, variable 3 or 4 at first in far south, otherwise easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. In north, easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in north. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 at times.
Sea state
Moderate in west, but elsewhere smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

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

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time in northwest.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor except in southeast.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time in north.
Sea state
Moderate at first in east, otherwise rough or very rough, but becoming high for a time in north.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Malin

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough in west.
Weather
Rain later in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later in west.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 in west, occasionally gale 8 in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough in west, occasionally high in northwest.
Weather
Rain later in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later in west.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
South 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate at first in east, otherwise rough or very rough, but becoming high in west.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high.
Weather
Rain at times.
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).

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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