Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 900 miles west of Bailey 975 expected west Iceland 981 by 1800 Monday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forth

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Tyne

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fisher

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

German Bight

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Humber

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Thames

Wind
East or northeast, becoming variable for a time, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
East or northeast, becoming variable for a time, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
Variable, becoming northwest for a time, 4 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Portland

Wind
Variable, becoming northwest for a time, 4 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Plymouth

Wind
North or northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Wind
North or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first . In northwest, variable 4 or less, becoming southwest 4 or 5 later in west.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate, occasionally rough. in northwest, slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
In southeast, mainly fair. In northwest, occasional rain later.
Visibility
In southeast, moderate or good. In northwest, good, occasionally moderate later.

Sole

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming southwest 4 or 5 later in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Occasional rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Lundy

Wind
Northwesterly, backing westerly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less for a time.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwesterly, backing westerly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less for a time.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
South or southwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches in north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north.

Shannon

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, veering north 2 to 4 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 later in south.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight in east, otherwise moderate becoming rough.
Weather
Fog patches, rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, but very rough later in west.
Weather
Fog patches, rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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