Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

High Scotland 1032 expected Forth 1036 by midday tomorrow. High Dover 1034 dissipating

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight later in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Northwest veering north, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Northwest veering north, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first, becoming slight at times later in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Northwesterly veering northerly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in northeast.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming north or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, occasionally southwest 5 at first, becoming north or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, occasionally southwest 5 at first, becoming north or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, occasionally southwest 5 at first, becoming north or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly backing northeasterly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 at times in northeast.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly backing northeasterly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 at times in northeast.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in southwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly, backing northeasterly, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in northeast.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in southwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northeasterly 5 to 7 in southeast, otherwise southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5 becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Thundery showers then rain and fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

FitzRoy

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in southeast, becoming variable 2 to 4 at times in southwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in south.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches in southwest.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in southwest.

Sole

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers in west.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5 in southwest, otherwise variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Mainly moderate in southwest, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
In southwest, southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in west. In northeast, variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
In southwest, moderate or rough. in northeast, moderate.
Weather
In southwest, fair. In northeast, showers.
Visibility
In southwest, good. In northeast, good.

Malin

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
In south, variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6. In north, southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
In south, moderate. in north, moderate.
Weather
In south, showers. In north, showers.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good.

Fair Isle

Wind
West or northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

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

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

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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