Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low just west of Bailey 1006, expected east Faeroes 1007 by midnight tonight. High 100 miles west of Fitzroy 1030 expected 400 miles west of Fitzroy 1034 by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southerly becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southerly becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southerly becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
South or southwest veering west or northwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southwest veering west or northwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Forth

Wind
South or southwest veering west or northwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Tyne

Wind
South or southwest veering west or northwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Dogger

Wind
South or southwest veering west or northwest later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor for a time.

Fisher

Wind
South or southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

German Bight

Wind
South or southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Humber

Wind
South or southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Thames

Wind
South or southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

Dover

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5, then veering northwest later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair then occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Wight

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5, then veering northwest later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair then occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Portland

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5, then veering northwest later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair then occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5, then veering northwest later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair then occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Biscay

Wind
Northeast backing north or northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional drizzle later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Cyclonic in southeast, otherwise northerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in east. In north, variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, slight or moderate.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, occasional rain.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Southwest veering north or northwest later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
Southwest veering north or northwest later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
Southwest veering north or northwest later, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4, veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Shannon

Wind
West veering northwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
West or northwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly west 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches in north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north.

Bailey

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly west 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches in north.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming mainly northwesterly, 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming mainly northwesterly, 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming mainly northwesterly, 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

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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