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Gale warnings

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

at 0323 UTC on Sunday 26 October 2014

All gale warnings currently in force

Bailey, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Cromarty, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Dogger, issued: 2123 on Sat 25 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Faeroes, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly storm force 10 continuing

Fair Isle, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly storm force 10 continuing

Fastnet, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Fisher, issued: 2123 on Sat 25 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Forth, issued: 2123 on Sat 25 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Forties, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

German Bight, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Hebrides, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Humber, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Irish Sea, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Lundy, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Malin, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

North Utsire, issued: 2123 on Sat 25 Oct 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 increasing storm force 10 soon

Rockall, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly storm force 10 now decreased severe gale force 9

Shannon, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 imminent

South Utsire, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Southeast Iceland, issued: 0323 on Sun 26 Oct 2014

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

Tyne, issued: 2123 on Sat 25 Oct 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Viking, issued: 2123 on Sat 25 Oct 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 increasing storm force 10 soon

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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