Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low France 1015 slow-moving, losing its identity by midday tomorrow. New low expected 150 miles west of Bailey 991 by same time. High Azores 1030 slow-moving with little change

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southwesterly 2 to 4, backing southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

North Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly 2 to 4, backing southeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate becoming slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Forties

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair then showers.
Visibility
Good.

Cromarty

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair then showers.
Visibility
Good.

Forth

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair then showers.
Visibility
Good.

Tyne

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair then showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dogger

Wind
South or southeast 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair then showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

Wind
Westerly, becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
In northwest, westerly, becoming variable, 2 to 4. In southeast, variable, becoming northeasterly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
In northwest, slight, occasionally moderate at first. in southeast, slight.
Weather
In northwest, fair. In southeast, fair.
Visibility
In northwest, good. In southeast, good.

Humber

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

Thames

Wind
Northeast, backing west or southwest later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
Northeast, backing west or southwest later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
Northeast, backing west or southwest later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west or southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Biscay

Wind
In northeast, cyclonic, becoming westerly, 4 to 6. In southwest, westerly or northwesterly, backing southwesterly, 4 to 6.
Sea state
In northeast, slight or moderate. in southwest, slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
In northeast, showers. In southwest, showers, rain later.
Visibility
In northeast, good occasionally moderate. In southwest, good, occasionally poor later.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In southeast, westerly or northwesterly, backing southwesterly, 4 to 6. In northwest, westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first.
Sea state
In southeast, slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. in northwest, moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
In southeast, showers, rain later. In northwest, fair then rain or showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally poor later. In northwest, good occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
In west, westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first. In east, southwesterly 2 to 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
In west, moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first. in east, smooth or slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
In west, fair then rain or showers. In east, rain or showers later.
Visibility
In west, good occasionally poor. In east, moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Lundy

Wind
Southwesterly 2 to 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Fastnet

Wind
Southwesterly 2 to 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwesterly 2 to 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Shannon

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Rockall

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.

Malin

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Southeast, veering south, 4 to 6, occasionally 7.
Sea state
Rough occasionally moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southeast, veering south, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough occasionally moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
South or southeast 4 to 6, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in southeast.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
South, backing east for a time, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good, becoming 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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