Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

Low Bailey 1004 losing its identity by midday tomorrow. New high expected Biscay 1022 by same time. New low expected Rockall 1004 by that time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then cyclonic 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then cyclonic 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

South Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then cyclonic 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forth

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Tyne

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
Southeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fisher

Wind
East 3 to 5, veering southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west 4 to 6, backing southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Occasional rain or thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
West or southwest 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Biscay

Wind
Westerly, becoming variable, then northeasterly later in south, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Sole

Wind
West 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Lundy

Wind
West 3 to 5, backing southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
West 3 to 5, backing southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming west or southwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Wind
Southwest 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Malin

Wind
South or southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
South or southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches, thundery showers in south.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very 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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