Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low 550 miles west of Fitzroy 1009 expected 100 miles west of Shannon 1011 by midnight tonight

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
In west, southerly 4 to 6. In east, variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
In west, moderate. in east, slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 in north, easterly 4 or 5 in south.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
In east, variable 2 to 4. In west, southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
In east, slight or moderate. in west, slight or moderate in north, smooth or slight in south.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in north, smooth or slight in south.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Easterly 5 at first in north, otherwise variable mainly northeasterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Variable mainly northeasterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable mainly northeasterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
Variable mainly northeasterly 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
In north, variable 2 to 4. In south, easterly or northeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in southwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate later in south.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate throughout in west.
Weather
Showers later in west.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first. In northwest, southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in west.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate. in northwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain in far northwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in far northwest.

Sole

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in west.

Lundy

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Southerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southerly 3 to 5 in west, variable 2 to 4 in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, smooth or slight in east.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Wind
Cyclonic becoming south 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
South 5 to 7 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5, then south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough at first in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5, then south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough at first in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
West 5 to 7 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Fair Isle

Wind
South 5 to 7 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5, then south 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough at first in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South 6 to gale 8 veering west 3 to 5, then becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in west, then becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in north, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough later.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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