Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Atlantic low 994 expected Bailey 970 by midnight tonight

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, backing southerly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, backing southerly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, backing southerly 6 or 7, veering southwesterly later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, backing southerly 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8, veering southwesterly later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, backing southerly 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8, veering southwesterly later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, in east moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, backing southerly 6 or 7, veering southwesterly later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Dogger

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Fisher

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

German Bight

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Humber

Wind
West 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Thames

Wind
West 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4 increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4 increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4 increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4 increasing 5 or 6, veering west or northwest later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, backing southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in southeast.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6, backing southwesterly 4 to 6. In northwest, southwesterly 4 to 6, veering northwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough. in northwest, moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Sole

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, veering northwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Lundy

Wind
Southwest, veering west, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fastnet

Wind
Southwest, veering west, 4 to 6.
Sea state
In southwest rough occasionally very rough, in northeast slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwest, veering west, 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7 veering west 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming high later in northwest.
Weather
Rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South 5 to 7 veering southwest 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South 5 to 7 veering southwest 7 or gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high, but moderate or rough in southeast.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South 5 to 7 veering southwest 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southerly gale force 8 expected soon, veering southwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough in east, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high later in southwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high later in south.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

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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