Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 550 miles west of south Shannon 1000 expected 100 miles west of Bailey 998 by 1800 Saturday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
In west, southerly 4 or 5. In east, variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
In west, slight or moderate. in east, smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times, but becoming northeasterly 4 or 5 in east.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
In east, variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times. In west, southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
In east, smooth or slight. in west, smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in northeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 at times in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, smooth or slight in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
In east, northerly or northeasterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 at times. In west, easterly or northeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 in north.
Sea state
In east, slight or moderate. in west, smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 in north.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally variable 2 later in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Wind
Northerly 3 to 5 in west, but cyclonic 2 to 4 in east.
Sea state
Rough at first in northwest, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in east. In north, southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6 in west but easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5 in east.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, moderate or rough in west, slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Rain in northwest, fair elsewhere.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in northwest.

Sole

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6 in west but easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5 in east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in west, slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Rain in west, fair in east.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in west.

Lundy

Wind
Variable mainly southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, slight or moderate in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Variable mainly southeast 2 to 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable mainly southeast 2 to 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 4 to 6 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate at first in east, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good at first in east, otherwise moderate or poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then veering southwesterly 4 to 6 later in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good at first in east, otherwise moderate or poor.

Malin

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in east, perhaps gale 8 later in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in northwest.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate later.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
South 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Mainly moderate or rough, but occasionally very rough in far west and becoming slight at times in south.
Weather
Rain at first in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first in west.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later in west.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

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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