Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

High 200 miles west of Bailey 1031 expected 75 miles west of Rockall 1030 by 1800 Friday. New low expected southeast England 1013 by same time. High northwest Fitzroy 1029 dissipating

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Variable 3 or less at first in southeast, otherwise northerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
In east, variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5. In west, northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
In east, slight or moderate. in west, rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
In east, rain or drizzle, fog patches. In west, occasional rain.
Visibility
In east, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In west, moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, veering northerly 5 to 7, then veering northeasterly 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight at first in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Dogger

Wind
In west, northwesterly 4 or 5, veering northerly 5 to 7, then veering northeasterly 3 or 4 later. In east, southwest becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
In west, slight at first in south, otherwise moderate or rough. in east, smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
In west, occasional rain, fog patches. In east, rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
In west, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In east, moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

German Bight

Wind
Southwest becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwest becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Thames

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

Dover

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

Wight

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

Portland

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

Plymouth

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Biscay

Wind
In north, northwesterly 3 to 5. In south, variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
In north, slight or moderate. in south, slight.
Weather
In north, rain then showers. In south, mainly fair.
Visibility
In north, good, occasionally poor at first. In south, good.

Trafalgar

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Easterly 6 to gale 8 in far southeast, otherwise northerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, northeasterly 4 to 6. In northwest, northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
In southeast, slight or moderate. in northwest, slight or moderate.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, rain at times.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Malin

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6, increasing 7 at times.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
Northerly, backing southwesterly in northwest, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in northwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
North 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain at first in east.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first in east.

Faeroes

Wind
North backing west or southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6 backing southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later.
Weather
Rain later in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

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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