Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Scotland 1000 expected Forties 995 by 0600 tomorrow. New low expected Sole 1008 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Cyclonic or southeast, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic or southeasterly, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

South Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic or southeasterly, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Mainly slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Wind
In north, cyclonic or southeasterly, 3 or 4. In south, cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
In north, mainly slight. in south, smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
In north, moderate or good. In south, good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Northeast backing northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forth

Wind
West or southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
West or southwest, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
West or southwest, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

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

German Bight

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Plymouth

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, until later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Biscay

Wind
West 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

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 becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
In south, moderate, occasionally rough for a time in east. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, showers then rain.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good, occasionally poor later.

Sole

Wind
West becoming cyclonic, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Lundy

Wind
West 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
West 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
West 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough for a time.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northwest, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough for a time.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
North or northeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
North or northeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, fog patches.
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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