Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

New low expected Southeast Iceland 989 by midnight tonight. New high expected just east of FitzRoy 1030 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, veering westerly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, veering westerly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, veering westerly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
South or southwest, veering west, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southwest, veering west, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

Forth

Wind
South or southwest, veering west, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

Tyne

Wind
South or southwest, veering west, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

Dogger

Wind
South or southwest, veering west, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

Fisher

Wind
West or southwest, veering west later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Fair, then rain or shower.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
West or southwest, veering west later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate.
Weather
Fair, then rain or shower.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair at first, otherwise rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair at first, otherwise rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair at first, otherwise rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Plymouth

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Biscay

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in far north.
Weather
Mainly fair, showers later.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly 4 to 6, occasionally variable 2 to 4 in far southeast.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Mainly fair, showers later.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, west or northwest 3 to 5, veering northeasterly 4 to 6 later. In north, northwest 4 to 6, backing west 3 to 5.
Sea state
In south, moderate, occasionally rough. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, mainly fair. In north, rain or showers.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good, occasionally moderate.

Sole

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, backing west 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lundy

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fastnet

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
West or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Wind
West 5 to 7, backing southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Wind
West or southwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, then becoming very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain at first , otherwise showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Wind
West or southwest, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough.
Weather
Occasional rain at first, otherwise showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Wind
West or southwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough.
Weather
Showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Bailey

Wind
West or southwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, then becoming very rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fair Isle

Wind
South, veering west or southwest, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight at first, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate or 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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