Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Norwegian Sea 968 expected finland 970 by midnight tonight

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly soon

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly imminent

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly imminent

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly imminent

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest later, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in east.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest later, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest later, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon, veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West veering northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, backing southwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 imminent, veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West veering northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, backing southwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon, veering northwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West veering northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, backing southwest 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly soon

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time at first in northeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Wight

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Drizzle then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Portland

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Plymouth

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in far northwest.
Weather
Drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 or 7 in southeast, perhaps gale 8 later in far southeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northeasterly 3 to 5. In north, variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
In south, moderate. in north, moderate becoming rough.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in north.

Sole

Wind
West or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate at first in east and south, otherwise rough.
Weather
Drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lundy

Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time, then occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time, then occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in northeast, rough in southwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time, then occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest for a time, 3 or 4 increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high later in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon, veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6 backing south or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming high or very high later.
Weather
Rain or showers, squally later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but westerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6 backing south or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers, squally later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but westerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6 backing south or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers, squally later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected soon, veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6 backing south or southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming high or very high later.
Weather
Rain or showers, squally later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8 becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then west 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8 becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then west 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but easterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming easterly 6 to gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough for a time in north.
Weather
Rain, snow or wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate to very poor, occasionally 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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