Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low south of Iceland 979 expected Southeast Iceland 986 by 1800 Friday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time, veering southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time, veering southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

South Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north, veering southwesterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
South veering west or northwest, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
South veering west or northwest, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
West 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Plymouth

Wind
West 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Biscay

Wind
West 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Trafalgar

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6. In north, northerly or northwesterly 2 to 4, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, showers.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
West 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Lundy

Wind
West 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

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

Irish Sea

Wind
West 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate.

Rockall

Wind
Westerly or southwest becoming cyclonic later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Showers, thundry later.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate, 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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