Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low Norwegian Basin 962 losing its identity by midday tomorrow. Low southern Sweden 974 expected southern finland 966 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later in west.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming very rough, occasionally high later in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming very rough, occasionally high later in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later in west.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, decreasing 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

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

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

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

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, decreasing 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Northwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, veering north or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming rough, then moderate later.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate at first in south, otherwise rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northwesterly veering northeasterly later, 3 to 5. In north, northerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 then southerly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
In south, rough. in north, rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, showers. In north, fair.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
Northerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 then southerly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Northwest backing west later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwest backing west later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough for a time.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming rough.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming rough.
Weather
Squally showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6, backing southwest later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough later, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing northwesterly imminent

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6, backing southwest later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 backing northwesterly imminent

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6, backing southwest later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6, backing southwesterly later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 to 6, backing southwesterly later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

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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