Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

High Irish Sea 1040 expected belgium 1038 by midday tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Westerly backing southwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
West 3 to 5, backing southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough at first in northeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Cromarty

Wind
West 3 to 5, backing southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Forth

Wind
West 3 to 5, backing southwest 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
West or northwest, backing southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Wind
West or northwest, backing southwest, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Northwest backing southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Rough at first in northeast, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches in west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
Weather
Fog patches in west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

Dover

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.

Wight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.

Portland

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fog patches in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in west.
Weather
Fog patches in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.

Biscay

Wind
East or southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 3 or less later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Showers in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in west.

Sole

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Showers in west.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in west.

Lundy

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fastnet

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough in west.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Irish Sea

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight at first, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, veering southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough at first, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Hebrides

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 veering northwesterly later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 veering northwesterly later

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 veering northwesterly later

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shipping forecast information

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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