Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low South Utsire 983 expected west Dogger 982 by 0600 tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Cyclonic 5 or 6, becoming easterly 4 or 5, then variable 3 or 4, then northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

North Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic 5 or 6, becoming easterly 4 or 5, then variable 3 or 4, then northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

South Utsire

Wind
Cyclonic 5 or 6, becoming easterly 4 or 5, then variable 3 or 4, then northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 imminent, then backing southwesterly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 expected imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, becoming northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 6 to gale 8, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 6 to gale 8, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Dover

Wind
Northwest, backing southwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Wight

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
West or northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Shannon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
In southwest, northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. In northeast, northerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
In southwest, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. in northeast, moderate, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
In southwest, rain or showers. In northeast, showers then rain.
Visibility
In southwest, moderate or good. In northeast, moderate or poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south and west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
Northerly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high until later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Northerly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
Northerly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high until later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good later.

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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