Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Atlantic low 967 expected Rockall 976 by midday tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly 4 to 6 backing easterly 6 to gale 8, veering southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly 4 to 6 backing easterly 6 to gale 8, veering southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough, then moderate later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly 4 to 6 backing easterly 6 to gale 8, veering southeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough, then moderate later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, decreasing 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain, then fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, decreasing 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, decreasing 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6 backing southeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
In west, southerly 4 to 6 backing southeasterly 4 or 5. In east, southeasterly 5 to 7 veering southerly 3 or 4.
Sea state
In west, moderate becoming slight or moderate. in east, moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
In west, rain. In east, rain then showers.
Visibility
In west, good, occasionally poor. In east, good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7 veering southerly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7 veering southerly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 3 to 5, becoming variable 4 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in northwest, otherwise slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Wind
South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Plymouth

Wind
Southerly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
In northwest, southerly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first. In southeast, variable 4 or less, becoming westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
In northwest, rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east. in southeast, moderate becoming rough.
Weather
In northwest, rain. In southeast, fog patches then thundery rain.
Visibility
In northwest, good, occasionally poor. In southeast, moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later in west.
Weather
Thundery showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in west.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough in southeast, otherwise rough or very rough becoming very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery at first in southeast.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough except in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in west.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now veered southwesterly

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high, becoming very rough or high for a time.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 backing northeasterly soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
East or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased, but northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 backing northeasterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Northeast 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later, becoming cyclonic.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first in east.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south.
Weather
Rain or wintry showers.
Visibility
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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