Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Plymouth 1011 losing its identity by midnight tonight. New low expected Iceland 991 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in south and rough in north.
Weather
Occasional rain in northwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
East or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Showers later in west.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Showers later in west.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers later in west.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

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

Sole

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

Lundy

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwest backing southwest for a time, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly, veering westerly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly, veering westerly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in north.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5, backing south 4 to 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, veering southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, backing southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, backing southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, backing southeasterly 5 to 7 for a time.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally 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).

Marine forecasts disclaimer

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