Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 250 miles west of Shannon 1002 expected Forth 986 by 1800 Monday. High Biscay 1004 slow-moving dissipating by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
Northwesterly, veering easterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Northwesterly, veering easterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 4 to 6, veering easterly 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough occasionally moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 backing southeasterly later

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Wintry showers then rain or sleet.
Visibility
Good becoming poor.

Cromarty

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 backing southeasterly later

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers then rain or sleet.
Visibility
Good becoming poor.

Forth

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 backing southeasterly later

Wind
Variable 4, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Fair then sleet.
Visibility
Good becoming poor.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 backing southeasterly later

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 backing southeasterly later

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain for a time.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Fisher

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 backing southeasterly later

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Gale warning
Issued:

Westerly gale force 8 backing southeasterly later

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Severe gale force 9 now veered northwesterly and decreased gale force 8, backing southwesterly later

Wind
West 3 to 5, backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Thames

Gale warning
Issued:

Storm force 10 now veered northwesterly and decreased gale force 8, backing southwesterly later

Wind
West 3 to 5, backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Dover

Gale warning
Issued:

Storm force 10 now veered northwesterly and decreased gale force 8, backing southwesterly later

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally poor.

Wight

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally poor.

Portland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly, veering westerly, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly, veering westerly, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally poor.

Biscay

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
In north, southwesterly, veering westerly, 6 to gale 8. In south, variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
In north, rough or very rough. in south, rough.
Weather
In north, occasional rain. In south, mainly fair.
Visibility
In north, moderate occasionally poor. In south, good occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough occasionally moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
In southeast, variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 4 to 6. In northwest, southwesterly, veering westerly, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
In southeast, rough. in northwest, rough or very rough.
Weather
In southeast, mainly fair. In northwest, rain then showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good occasionally poor. In northwest, poor becoming good.

Sole

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwesterly, veering westerly, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Poor becoming good.

Lundy

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly, veering westerly, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Poor becoming good.

Fastnet

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly, veering westerly, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Poor becoming good.

Irish Sea

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough, but slight at first in north.
Weather
Rain or snow then showers.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally very poor becoming good.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest, veering west, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Poor becoming good.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but easterly gale force 8 expected soon veering westerly later

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming west, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but easterly gale force 8 expected soon veering westerly later

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming west, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Hebrides

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming east or southeast 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers then occasional sleet.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming east or southeast 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers then occasional sleet.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly imminent

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, backing easterly or southeasterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, backing easterly or southeasterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 now backed westerly

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, backing easterly or southeasterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
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).

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