Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

Low southeast Forties 998 expected Thames 1009 by 0600 tomorrow

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
North 4 to 6, backing northwest 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight later in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

North Utsire

Wind
Northerly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

South Utsire

Wind
Easterly backing northerly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.

Forties

Wind
Cyclonic at first in southeast, otherwise northerly, mainly 4 to 6, but 6 to gale 8 at first in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first in southeast.
Weather
Rain or showers, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, backing west or northwest 2 to 4.
Sea state
Rough at first in far southeast, otherwise slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Forth

Wind
Northerly mainly 4 to 6, but 7 or gale 8 at first in east, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in west, moderate or rough in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.

Tyne

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dogger

Gale warning
Issued:

Gale force 8 veering northerly soon

Wind
In west, northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later. In east, cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming mainly northerly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
In west, moderate or rough. in east, slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
In west, rain or showers, becoming fair later. In east, rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fisher

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming mainly northerly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming mainly northerly 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers, perhaps thundery.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Humber

Gale warning
Issued:

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, veering northerly later, mainly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in west, perhaps gale 8 later in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Thames

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, veering northerly later, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in west.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Dover

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Wight

Wind
Northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 3 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6, occasionally 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy

Gale warning
Issued:

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In south, northeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in south. In north, northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in south. in north, moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Sole

Wind
North or northwest, veering northeast later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Rockall

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Malin

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
North or northwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Wind
North or northwest backing west, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Fair Isle

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly, backing westerly except in southeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly backing westerly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north, perhaps gale 8 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
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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