Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

High Humber 1029 slow-moving, intensifying 1031 by midday tomorrow. Low 500 miles west of Fitzroy 983 expected 300 miles west of Fitzroy 986 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in east.
Sea state
Rough at first in east, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
In east, northwesterly 3 to 5. In west, variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
In east, moderate. in west, slight or moderate.
Weather
In east, showers. In west, fair.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

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

Forth

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

Tyne

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

Dogger

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

Fisher

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in east.
Sea state
Rough at first in east, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, decreasing 3 in southwest.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Northeasterly 4 or 5 at first in south, otherwise variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, increasing 7 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, increasing 7 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Easterly 4 to 6, occasionally variable 3 in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate in west.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Westerly backing southerly, 3 to 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in west, perhaps gale 8 later in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in southeast, becoming rough later in northwest.
Weather
Thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time in west.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough except in east.
Weather
Fair in northeast, otherwise rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in west and south.

Sole

Wind
East or southeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in west.

Lundy

Wind
East or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
East or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east and north, rough in south and west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
East or northeast 2 to 4 veering east or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in northeast.
Sea state
Mainly rough, but slight or moderate in northeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in southwest, decreasing 3 at times in northeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in southwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Malin

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, smooth or slight in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
South or southeast, backing east later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, but slight becoming moderate in west.
Weather
Fog patches for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.

Bailey

Wind
South or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight becoming moderate.
Weather
Fog patches for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.

Fair Isle

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
In east, variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times. In west, variable mainly easterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
In east, slight or moderate. in west, moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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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