Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Greenland 975 expected north Iceland 971 by 1800 Sunday

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5 backing southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later, then veering southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5 backing southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later, then veering southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, backing southwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forties

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in east.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 6 or 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
North 4 to 6, backing southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
North 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
North 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4, then west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4, then west 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4, then west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4, then west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight for a time.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, backing northwest 3 or 4, then west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
North or northwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight in northeast.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Trafalgar

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in northeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northerly 5 to 7. In north, northerly or northeasterly, backing northwesterly, 4 or 5.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
In south, showers. In north, showers.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good.

Sole

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly, backing northwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Northeast 4 or 5 backing northwest 3 or 4, then west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Northeast 4 or 5 backing northwest 3 or 4, then west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
North 3 to 5 backing west 5 to 7.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

Wind
North 3 to 5 backing northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough except in south.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough, then very rough or high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Slight at first in southeast, otherwise moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough, then very rough or high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon, veering northwesterly later

Wind
West or northwest 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8, backing southwest for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough, then very rough or high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 imminent, veering northwesterly later

Wind
Southwest veering northwest, 6 to gale 8, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming high occasionally very high but moderate at first in southeast.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon, veering northwesterly later

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, veering northwest later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming rough or very rough, then high later in southwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, veering northwesterly later

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8 veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming very rough or high, then very high later in northwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly severe gale force 9 now backed southwesterly, increasing storm force 10 imminent, veering northwesterly later

Wind
Southwesterly, veering northwesterly, becoming cyclonic later, 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first and later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming very rough or high, occasionally very high.
Weather
Rain or 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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