Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 200 miles west of Rockall 999, expected Southeast Iceland 1000 by 0600 tomorrow.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Southwesterly backing southerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly backing southerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly backing southerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
South 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally very poor later.

Cromarty

Wind
South 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain at first, otherwise mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forth

Wind
South 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
South 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Dogger

Wind
South 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, backing south 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

German Bight

Wind
Variable 4 or less, becoming southeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate.

Thames

Wind
Southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate.

Dover

Wind
Variable, mainly east 4 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate.

Wight

Wind
Variable, mainly east 4 or less.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate.

Portland

Wind
Easterly, becoming cyclonic later 2 to 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
Easterly, becoming cyclonic later 2 to 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
East, becoming variable, then west later, 4 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Easterly 6 to gale 8 in far southeast, otherwise northerly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later near portugal.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in far southeast, but elsewhere slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor near portugal.

FitzRoy

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4, occasionally 5 in northwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle later in northwest.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor later.

Sole

Wind
Southeasterly veering southwesterly 2 to 4, occasionally 5 in west.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
Southeast 2 to 4, occasionally 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
South veering southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
South 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Good, occasionally very poor.

Shannon

Wind
South 5 to 7, veering west 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South 6 to gale 8 , becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Malin

Wind
South 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 at first in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in southeast.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southerly 3 to 5, increasing 6 or 7 in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, veering southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in east.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Easterly 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or 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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