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Gale warnings

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

at 1549 UTC on Monday 22 December 2014

All gale warnings currently in force

Bailey, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Dogger, issued: 2150 on Sun 21 Dec 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Dover, issued: 0941 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Faeroes, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Fair Isle, issued: 1549 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Westerly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Fastnet, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Fisher, issued: 1549 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Gale no longer expected

German Bight, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Hebrides, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Westerly severe gale force 9 continuing

Humber, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Irish Sea, issued: 2150 on Sun 21 Dec 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Lundy, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

North Utsire, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Gale now ceased, but westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Rockall, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Shannon, issued: 2150 on Sun 21 Dec 2014

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

South Utsire, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Gale now ceased, but westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Southeast Iceland, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Storm force 10 backing southwesterly and decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Thames, issued: 0941 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Viking, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wight, issued: 0400 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

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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