Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Bailey 993 losing its identity near northwest Scotland by midnight tonight. New low expected Trafalgar 1006 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7 at first in southeast, otherwise westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7 at first in southeast, otherwise westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7 at first in southeast, otherwise westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7 at first in southeast, otherwise westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
West 4 to 6, veering north 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Wind
West 4 to 6, veering north 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain, then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6 at first in southeast, otherwise westerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6 at first in southeast, otherwise westerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering northeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering northeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering northeast 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Plymouth

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in south.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in south.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, backing west 3 to 5, then southwest later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 4 to 6 later, occasionally 7 in northwest.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
Cyclonic becoming north 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic becoming north 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing west 3 to 5, then southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in southwest.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic becoming north, backing southwest later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Northerly 5 to 7, backing westerly 3 to 5, then southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northerly 5 to 7, backing westerly 3 to 5, then southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
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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