Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

New low expected 400 miles southwest of Iceland 984 by 0600 tomorrow. High south Norway 1033 slow-moving, dissipating

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly, veering northwesterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Forties

Wind
Southwesterly, veering northwesterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
Southwest, veering west, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Southwest, veering west, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Dogger

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Fisher

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

German Bight

Wind
Northeast, becoming variable, 2 to 4, then becoming west 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Humber

Wind
Northeast, becoming variable, 2 to 4, then becoming west 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Thames

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

Dover

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

Wight

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

Portland

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

Plymouth

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

Biscay

Wind
Northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, decreasing 4 at times in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in far southeast.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Mainly good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in south.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable, becoming west, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Shannon

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Southwest, veering west, 5 to 7, then backing southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in far north.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Wind
Westerly, backing southwesterly later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 in south.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough at first in south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Wind
Southwesterly, veering westerly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in southeast.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Wind
West 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, but high for a time in west.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
High becoming very rough, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Snow showers, occasional rain or sleet later.
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).

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