Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low Malin 988 slow-moving and filling 993 by midday tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Cromarty

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Tyne

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fisher

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southeast, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Thames

Wind
South or southwest, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
South or southwest, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
South or southwest, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Portland

Wind
South or southwest, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Plymouth

Wind
South or southwest, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Wind
West or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

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

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly north, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in west until later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Cyclonic, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west at first.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Mainly east or southeast, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
North or northeast 7 or gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southeast, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming easterly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly 6 to gale 8, veering northeasterly 4 to 6, then becoming variable 2 to 4 at times near iceland.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
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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