Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 0600

High Fair Isle 1024 expected Viking 1022 by 0600 Saturday. Low southwest of FitzRoy 1013 losing its identity by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches clearing for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches clearing for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches clearing for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forties

Wind
Variable, mainly southeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches clearing for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable, mainly southeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches clearing for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forth

Wind
Variable, mainly southeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Drizzle, fog patches clearing for a time.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Tyne

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

Dogger

Wind
East or southeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fisher

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

German Bight

Wind
East or northeast, becoming variable later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Humber

Wind
East or northeast, becoming variable later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Thames

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Dover

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Wight

Wind
East or northeast 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Portland

Wind
East or northeast, becoming variable at times, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Plymouth

Wind
East or northeast, becoming variable at times, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Biscay

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4, occasionally 5 in south.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

Trafalgar

Forecast issued:

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5 in southeast.
Sea state
Slight, becoming smooth in gulf of cadiz, occasionally moderate at first in northwest and later in southeast.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4, occasionally 5 in east.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate at first in northwest.
Weather
Thundery showers, fog patches in southeast.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in southeast.

Sole

Wind
North or northeast, becoming variable for a time, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Lundy

Wind
North or northeast, becoming variable for a time, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Fastnet

Wind
North or northeast, becoming variable for a time, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Irish Sea

Wind
North or northeast, becoming variable for a time, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
North or northeast 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Rockall

Wind
Variable, mainly northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
Variable, mainly northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Hebrides

Wind
Variable, mainly northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, but 6 at first in northwest, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough until later in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle

Wind
Variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Moderate, but smooth or slight in southeast.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 until later, becoming variable 3 or less later in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight east of faeroe islands.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight east of faeroe islands.
Weather
Occasional rain.
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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