Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 50 miles north of Faeroes 994 expected 150 miles north of Faeroes 989 by 1800 Sunday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Thundery rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Thundery rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in east, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

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

Fisher

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, veering west or southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5, veering west or southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
West or southwest, veering northwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly, but northerly or northeasterly in south, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4 in far east, otherwise northerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in northwest, but slight or moderate in southeast.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In south, northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in far southeast. In north, northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, moderate.
Weather
In south, thundery showers in east. In north, mainly fair.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally poor. In north, mainly good.

Sole

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Lundy

Wind
West or northwest, backing southwest for a time, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
West or northwest, backing southwest for a time, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
West or northwest, backing southwest for a time, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Northwest backing west, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, backing west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, backing west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough.
Weather
Showers, thundery later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in north and west.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly, becoming cyclonic later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in far east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in east.
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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