Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Shannon 972 expected Rockall 981 by 0600 Monday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Wind
South backing southeast, then becoming cyclonic later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Mainly moderate.
Weather
Fog patches, occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
South or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
South or southeast, becoming cyclonic at times, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

German Bight

Wind
South or southeast, becoming cyclonic at times, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Humber

Wind
South or southeast, veering south or southwest later, 4 to 6, occasionally variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
South or southeast, veering south or southwest later, 4 to 6, occasionally variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
South or southeast, veering south or southwest later, 4 to 6, occasionally variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
South or southeast, veering south or southwest later, 4 to 6, occasionally variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally variable 4 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Plymouth

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Biscay

Wind
Cyclonic becoming southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate at first in southeast, otherwise rough, becoming very rough later in northwest.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Wind
West or southwest, veering west or northwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly soon

Wind
West or southwest, veering west or northwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in wes.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly later

Wind
Cyclonic becoming west or northwest, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
In northwest, northerly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9. In southeast, cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
In northwest, very rough or high. in southeast, rough or very rough.
Weather
In northwest, rain. In southeast, thundery showers.
Visibility
In northwest, poor. In southeast, good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southeasterly, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6 in southeast, otherwise northeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in southeast, rough or very rough in northwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6 in southeast, otherwise northeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in southeast, rough or very rough in northwest.
Weather
Rain or showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northeasterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry 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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