Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Bailey 998 expected Faeroes 992 by midnight tonight. Low Forties 1000 losing its identity by same time. New low expected Malin 995 by that time.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Northeasterly, veering southerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Utsire

Wind
Northeasterly, veering southerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

South Utsire

Wind
Northeasterly, veering southerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forties

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Tyne

Wind
West or southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
West or southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Biscay

Wind
In north, southwesterly 5 to 7. In south, variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
In north, moderate or rough. in south, slight or moderate.
Weather
In north, rain, fog patches. In south, mainly fair.
Visibility
In north, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In south, good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northeast. 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northerly or northwesterly, 4 to 6. In north, southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, rain later . In north, rain, fog patches.
Visibility
In south, good, occasional moderate later. In north, moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Sole

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic, 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Cyclonic, 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic, 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Easterly 3 to 5, backing northeasterly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
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).

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