Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Humber 990 expected Fisher 993 by midnight tonight. New low expected Lundy 987 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
North 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly, backing northeasterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming southwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in south.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough at first, becoming slight later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Northwest, becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Thames

Wind
Northwest, becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Dover

Wind
Northwest, becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Wight

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwest 4, backing west 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West, veering north or northwest later, 4 to 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming high, occasionally very high later in west.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
West, veering north or northwest later, 4 to 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming high, occasionally very high later in west.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later then veering westerly later

Wind
West 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
Northwest, veering north later, 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally very high later in far southwest.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming north later, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high in southwest.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough becoming very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough becoming very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough becoming very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

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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