Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low west of Bailey 981 expected Southeast Iceland 983 by midday tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate later in southeast.
Weather
Rain, squally showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate later in southeast.
Weather
Rain, squally showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forties

Wind
South veering southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
South veering southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in northeast.
Weather
Showers, squally later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Wind
South veering southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, squally later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
South 5 to 7 veering southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
South 5 to 7 veering southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
South veering southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain, showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
South veering southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain, showers later, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
South veering southwest, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain, showers later, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6 veering west 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Plymouth

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6 veering west 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Biscay

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, but variable 4 or less in southeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming rough.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northeasterly 5 or 6 in far southeast, otherwise variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in northwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, but variable 4 or less in southeast.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming rough, but moderate at first in southeast.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Sole

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming rough, occasionally moderate at first in east.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lundy

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in northeast, otherwise rough or very rough becoming rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high at first, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery, rain later in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high at first, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery, rain later in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 6 to gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally rough, but moderate or rough in southeast.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic until later in northwest, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 6 to gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Squally showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
South veering west or southwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South veering west or southwest, 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later near the coast.
Weather
Squally showers.
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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