Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

New high expected Fair Isle 1025 by 0600 tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 2 to 4 becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 2 to 4 becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 2 to 4 becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 2 to 4 becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Wind
South or southwest 3 to 5 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Tyne

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches developing.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Dogger

Wind
Variable mainly southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest 2 to 4 becoming variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Variable 3 or less, occasionally 4 in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southeasterly at first in northwest, otherwise easterly or northeasterly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches in west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

Thames

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

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

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
In southeast, westerly veering northwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. In northwest, cyclonic or variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
In southeast, smooth or slight. in northwest, moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, thundery showers.
Visibility
In southeast, mainly good. In northwest, moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 in south, northeasterly 3 to 5 in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.

Sole

Wind
East or northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
East or northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
East or northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight in northeast, moderate in southwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 3 or less becoming north or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Variable becoming northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight later in east.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate in west, slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Rain at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 6 later in northwest.
Sea state
Rough in northwest, but moderate elsewhere.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwesterly veering northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in southwest, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Rough at first in west, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

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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