Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low netherlands 1006 expected Fisher 1011 by 0600 Tuesday.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
South 4 to 6, veering northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 at times, otherwise southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

South Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Wind
South or southeast veering west or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming mainly slight.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southeast veering west or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming mainly slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Wind
South or southeast veering west or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming mainly slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Wind
West or northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming mainly slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
West or northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming mainly slight.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
Easterly, veering southeasterly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in north, becoming cyclonic later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

German Bight

Wind
Easterly, veering southeasterly, then bec cyclonic later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Humber

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

Thames

Wind
West or northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
West or northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
West or northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

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

Plymouth

Wind
Southwest veering west or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Biscay

Wind
Variable, mainly northwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches in north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly 4 to 6, but variable 4 or less for a time in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first, becoming slight later in southeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, northwesterly 4 to 6 in far southeast, otherwise variable 4 or less, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5 later. In northwest, westerly 3 to 5 at first in east, otherwise northerly or northwesterly, veering southwesterly later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate. in northwest, moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
Southwesterly 5 at first in far east, otherwise northwesterly, veering southwesterly later, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in west.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
South veering northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain and fog patches at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Irish Sea

Wind
South veering northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shannon

Wind
West, backing southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
West, backing southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Malin

Wind
West, backing south later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Wind
West, backing south later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Wind
West, backing south later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southerly, 5 to 7, veering southwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Faeroes

Wind
In east, southerly, 5 to 7, veering southwesterly, 3 to 5. In west, westerly or southwesterly, backing southerly later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
In east, moderate, occasionally rough at first. in west, moderate or rough.
Weather
In east, rain or squally showers . In west, showers.
Visibility
In east, moderate or good. In west, good.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly, backing southerly later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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