Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Malin 990 expected Rockall 994 by 0600 tomorrow. New low expected German Bight 996 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
East or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fisher

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in southwest.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
West 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in far northwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
In south, westerly 4 to 6. In north, westerly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, rough or very rough.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good, occasionally poor at first.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Lundy

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering west 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering west 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in southwest.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in northwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
East or northeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
East or northeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in southwest.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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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