Low just southwest of Iceland 965 expected 100 miles north of Fair Isle 969 by midday tomorrow
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in southwest Viking. Rough or very rough, occasionally high. Squally wintry showers. Good occasionally poor
West 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough for a time. Wintry showers. Good occasionally poor
Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times except in Tyne. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northeast Dogger. Wintry showers. Good occasionally poor
Fisher, German Bight
Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in east. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Thames, Dover, Wight
Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Biscay, North Fitzroy
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 in south. Rough or very rough. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5. Rough or very rough. Occasional drizzle. Moderate or good
Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain. Good, occasionally poor
Southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in south. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Westerly 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 4 or 5 later in north. Very rough or high. Rain. Moderate, occasionally poor
Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time. High. Occasional rain. Moderate, occasionally poor
North Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle
Westerly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in Bailey. High or very high. Squally wintry showers. Moderate or poor
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Cyclonic, mainly northwesterly, 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time. High or very high. Squally wintry showers. Moderate or poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Northeasterly 5 to 7, but easterly 7 to severe gale 9 in southeast. Rough, occasionally very rough. Showers. Good.
Shipping forecast overview
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.
The forecast contains details of gale warnings in force, a general synopsis and sea-area forecasts containg forecast wind direction and force, weather and visibility.
Gale warnings are issued as required throughout the day (for winds of Gale Force 8 or more).
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