Coast and sea

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 700 miles west of Sole 1005 expected just west of south Bailey 1000 by 1800 Sunday. Low just south of Iceland 986 moving away steadily northeastwards and losing its identity

Issued at: .

For the period to .

Shipping forecast and gale warnings map

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Viking

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

North Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

South Utsire

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Forties

Wind
Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Cromarty

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

Forth

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

Tyne

Wind
West or southwest becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dogger

Wind
West or southwest becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Fisher

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 later in northeast.
Sea state
Slight, becoming moderate later in northeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

German Bight

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Humber

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Thames

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Dover

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly becoming variable, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers then fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Wight

Wind
In east, westerly or southwesterly becoming variable, 2 to 4. In west, variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate becoming smooth or slight.
Weather
In east, showers then fair. In west, drizzle at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

Portland

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Plymouth

Wind
Variable 3 or less, increasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Drizzle at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Biscay

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

Trafalgar

Wind
North or northeast 4 to 6.
Sea state
Mainly moderate or rough, but slight or moderate in far southeast.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.

FitzRoy

Wind
In south, northwesterly 3 to 5 veering northerly 4 to 6. In north, variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later in far southeast.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches in north.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally poor. In north, moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Sole

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

Lundy

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

Fastnet

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

Irish Sea

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5 becoming variable 2 to 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Occasional drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Shannon

Wind
West 3 to 5 backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Rockall

Wind
West 3 to 5 backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Malin

Wind
West 3 or 4 backing south 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough in northwest, slight or moderate in southeast.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Hebrides

Wind
Southwest 4 to 6, backing south 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

Bailey

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough at first in north and west, otherwise rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Fair Isle

Wind
Southwest, backing south later, 4 to 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in southeast, rough in northwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest, backing south later, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, then rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Southeast Iceland

Gale warning
Issued:

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate at first in north, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then showers.
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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