Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Southeast Iceland 1001 losing its identity by 1800 Tuesday. High Trafalgar 1029 dissipating by same time

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

North Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

South Utsire

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Forties

Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6 in northeast, otherwise variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far northeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Cromarty

Wind
Variable, mainly southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Forth

Wind
Variable, mainly southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Tyne

Wind
Variable, mainly southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Mainly fair, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Dogger

Wind
Variable, mainly southwest, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in northeast, otherwise slight, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Mainly fair, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Fisher

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southeast, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

German Bight

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southeast, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Humber

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

Thames

Wind
Variable 2 to 4, but becoming north 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Dover

Wind
Variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Wight

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Portland

Wind
Northwest 3 to 5, becoming variable 3.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 3, then southeasterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough, then moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Biscay

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in south, becoming variable 3, then southeasterly 3 to 5 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough, then moderate later except in southeast.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Trafalgar

Wind
Northerly 3 to 5 in southeast, otherwise variable 3, becoming southwesterly 4 to 6 in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far north at times.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

FitzRoy

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly backing southerly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Sole

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly backing southerly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Lundy

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeasterly 3 to 5 later, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in south, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fastnet

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeasterly 3 to 5 later, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in south, becoming slight or moderate later in except in southwest.
Weather
Mainly fair, then rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Irish Sea

Wind
Northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then southeasterly 3 to 5 later, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Shannon

Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5 at first in west, otherwise variable 3, becoming southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in north and east.
Weather
Rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5 at first in west, otherwise variable 3, becoming southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in north and east.
Weather
Rain, fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming south, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Hebrides

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming south, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Bailey

Wind
Westerly backing southeasterly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Fair Isle

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southerly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southerly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
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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