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Gale warnings

Sea area gale warnings, issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

at 0346 UTC on Friday 30 January 2015

All gale warnings currently in force

Bailey, issued: 1537 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Storm force 10 now backed northerly, decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent, increasing storm force 10 later

Biscay, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Cromarty, issued: 0957 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Faeroes, issued: 0957 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8, increasing severe gale force 9 soon and increasing storm force 10 later

Fair Isle, issued: 1537 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 imminent, increasing storm force 10 later

Fastnet, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Fitzroy, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Forth, issued: 1651 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Gale no longer expected

Forties, issued: 2154 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Southwesterly gale force 8 imminent veering northwesterly soon

Hebrides, issued: 1537 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 increasing storm force 10 later

Irish Sea, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Lundy, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Malin, issued: 2154 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

North Utsire, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Gale force 8 backing southeasterly imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Plymouth, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Portland, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Rockall, issued: 2154 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Shannon, issued: 2154 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 soon, then increasing severe gale force 9 later

Sole, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

South Utsire, issued: 2154 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Southeast Iceland, issued: 2053 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Northeasterly storm force 10 continuing

Trafalgar, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Tyne, issued: 1651 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Gale no longer expected

Viking, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Gale force 8 backing southeasterly imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wight, issued: 0346 on Fri 30 Jan 2015

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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