Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 400 miles west of Fitzroy 1009 expected southwest Rockall 1011 by 0600 tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
South 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 3 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Dogger

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Fisher

Wind
Northeast veering east 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
In north, variable 2 to 4. In south, easterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
North or northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate throughout in west.
Weather
Showers later in west.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, cyclonic 3 to 5. In northwest, southerly backing southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain in northwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in west.

Sole

Wind
Southerly backing southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in west.

Lundy

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Irish Sea

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

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

Rockall

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, increasing 6 or 7 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough at first in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming south 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough at first in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 4, then northeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Fair Isle

Wind
South 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
Very rough at first in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Faeroes

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7 at first in far east, otherwise westerly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less, then cyclonic 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough, occasionally moderate later in east.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally 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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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