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Gale warnings

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

at 1655 UTC on Monday 08 February 2016

All gale warnings currently in force

Bailey, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Severe gale force 9 backing northerly and decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Biscay, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, veering northwesterly severe gale force 9 soon

Dogger, issued: 0958 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Dover, issued: 0413 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Southwesterly storm force 10 increasing violent storm force 11 soon

Faeroes, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Severe gale force 9 backing northerly and decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Fair Isle, issued: 0413 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Fastnet, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Westerly violent storm force 11 decreasing storm force 10 imminent

Fitzroy, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, veering northwesterly severe gale force 9 soon

German Bight, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Hebrides, issued: 0413 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Gale now ceased but northerly gale force 8 expected later

Humber, issued: 0413 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Irish Sea, issued: 0958 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Southwesterly storm force 10 continuing

Lundy, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Westerly violent storm force 11 decreasing storm force 10 imminent

Malin, issued: 0413 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Gale now ceased but westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Plymouth, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Portland, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Westerly violent storm force 11 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Rockall, issued: 2203 on Sun 7 Feb 2016

Westerly severe gale force 9 increasing storm force 10 imminent

Shannon, issued: 1655 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Sole, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Storm force 10 now decreased gale force 8, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Southeast Iceland, issued: 1557 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Severe gale force 9 backing northerly and decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Thames, issued: 0413 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Southwesterly storm force 10 increasing violent storm force 11 soon

Viking, issued: 0958 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Gale now ceased but westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wight, issued: 0730 on Mon 8 Feb 2016

Storm force 10 veering westerly and increasing violent storm force 11 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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