Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Scotland 1004, slow-moving and deepening 997 by 1800 Wednesday. Low Faeroes 1005 losing its identity by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Variable, becoming mainly easterly or southeasterly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable, becoming mainly easterly or southeasterly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable, becoming mainly easterly or southeasterly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forth

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming west or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming west or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
South 2 to 4, veering southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Dover

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Wight

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Portland

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Plymouth

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Biscay

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Wind
Cyclonic in southeast, otherwise northerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northerly 4 to 6. In north, westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
In south, moderate, occasionally rough later. in north, moderate.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, showers.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
North 3 to 5, backing northwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight in east, otherwise moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5, increasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough later in southwest.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northeast later 3 to 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northeast later 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northeast later 3 to 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very 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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