Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at midday

New low expected Rockall 984 by midday tomorrow. Low Malin 1008 losing its identity

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

Viking

Wind
East 4 or 5, veering southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

North Utsire

Wind
Northeasterly 3 or 4, veering southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

South Utsire

Wind
Northeasterly 3 or 4, veering southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.

Forties

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forth

Wind
Variable 2 or 3, becoming southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Tyne

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, backing south 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dogger

Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, backing south 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fisher

Wind
East 3 or 4, veering southeast 4 to 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

German Bight

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 at first in north, otherwise southwesterly backing southerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Humber

Wind
Southwest backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Thames

Wind
Southwest backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Dover

Wind
South 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Wight

Wind
South 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Portland

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4, veering south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Plymouth

Wind
Southeast 3 or 4, veering south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Biscay

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming southerly 4 to 6 in northwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5 in north and west.
Sea state
Slight in southeast, otherwise moderate.
Weather
Showers in north.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
South or southwest 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
South 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Lundy

Wind
South 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in east.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Fastnet

Wind
South 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Irish Sea

Wind
South or southeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast veering south 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Gale warning
Issued:

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast veering south 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Malin

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming south 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in west.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southeast 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Easterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Easterly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in west.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or 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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