Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low Southeast Iceland 991 moving away northwards by midday tomorrow. New high expected north Biscay 1022 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
South or southeast 4 to 6, veering southwest 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6 veering southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Cromarty

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6 veering southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Forth

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6 veering southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Tyne

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6 veering southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

Dogger

Wind
In west, southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6 veering southerly or southwesterly 3 to 5. In east, variable 2 to 4 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
In west, slight or moderate. in east, slight occasionally smooth.
Weather
In west, rain for a time. In east, thundery showers for a time, fog patches.
Visibility
In west, good, becoming moderate or poor for a time. In east, moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate at first in northwest, otherwise smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers for a time, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

German Bight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers for a time, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Humber

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5 becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5 becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5 becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5 becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers for a time.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Plymouth

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Biscay

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in northwest, moderate throughout in southeast.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
In southeast, northerly 4 to 6. In northwest, southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough. in northwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 in south and east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Lundy

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7 veering southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Fastnet

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7 veering southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Very rough at first in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in west, then veering southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery, then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly at first in northeast, otherwise southerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southeasterly veering southerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough in northwest, moderate or rough in southeast.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Southeast veering south, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southeast veering south, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or 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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