Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Germany 995 and Sole 1014 losing their identities by 0600 Sunday. New low expected belgium 993 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
In northwest, northerly 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4 or less. In southeast, northeasterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
In northwest, rough or very rough, becoming moderate later. in southeast, moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
In northwest, fair. In southeast, fair.
Visibility
In northwest, good. In southeast, good.

South Utsire

Wind
Northeasterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or less, except southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate except in southeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 continuing, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
North 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough, then moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
North 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough, then moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
North 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough, then moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
North 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
North 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
North or northeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
North or northeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered northerly, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 until later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 veering and decreasing gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 until later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, some thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
North or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
North or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
North or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, becoming northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in south.
Weather
Thundery showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In south, northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northeast, veering northerly 3 to 5. In north, northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6 becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
In south, rough, occasionally very rough at first in northeast, becoming moderate later. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, rain . In north, rain.
Visibility
In south, mainly good. In north, mainly good.

Sole

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6 becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Lundy

Wind
North 4 to 6, backing northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
North 4 to 6, backing northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
North 4 to 6, backing northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5, veering south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Mainly rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Rockall

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5, veering south 4 to 6, occasionally 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Mainly rough, occasionally very rough later in north.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Malin

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, veering south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, veering south 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South 4 to 6, backing southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
North 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming south 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or 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).

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