Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

New low expected southern Sweden 985 by midnight tonight

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Westerly becoming cyclonic, then becoming northwesterly later, 4 to 6, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain, wintry showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Westerly becoming cyclonic, then becoming northwesterly later, 4 to 6, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain, wintry showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Westerly becoming cyclonic, then becoming northwesterly later, 4 to 6, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Rain, wintry showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southwest veering west or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
Southwest veering west or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Wind
Southwest veering west or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
Southwest veering west or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Wind
Southwest veering west or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east.
Sea state
Very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east.
Sea state
Very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain, fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Southwest veering west, 5 to 7, decreasing mainly 4 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 at times in south, otherwise southwesterly veering westerly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 at times in south, otherwise southwesterly veering westerly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Sole

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest veering west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest veering west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwest veering west 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered westerly

Wind
West backing southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Wind
West backing southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Wind
West backing southwest later, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, becoming fair for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Wind
Variable 3 or less at first in north, otherwise westerly veering northwesterly, then becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Bailey

Wind
Variable 3 or less at first in north, otherwise westerly veering northwesterly, then becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic at first in south, otherwise westerly veering northwesterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate east of shetland.
Weather
Rain then wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly, veering easterly later in west, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly, veering easterly later in west, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry 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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