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Gale warnings

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

at 2151 UTC on Saturday 31 January 2015

All gale warnings currently in force

Biscay, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Cromarty, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Dogger, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Severe gale force 9 veering northerly imminent

Dover, issued: 0952 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Faeroes, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Fair Isle, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Fastnet, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Fisher, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly gale force 8 expected later

Fitzroy, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Severe gale force 9 now veered northerly, decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Forth, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Forties, issued: 0348 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Hebrides, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent then gale force 8 soon

Humber, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Gale force 8 veering northerly soon

Irish Sea, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Lundy, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Malin, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent then gale force 8 soon

North Utsire, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Gale now ceased but northerly gale force 8 expected later

Plymouth, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Portland, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Shannon, issued: 0952 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Sole, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

South Utsire, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Gale now ceased but northerly gale force 8 expected later

Southeast Iceland, issued: 0348 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Thames, issued: 0952 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Trafalgar, issued: 0348 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Tyne, issued: 2151 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Severe gale force 9 veering northerly imminent

Viking, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Gale now ceased but northerly gale force 8 expected later

Wight, issued: 1536 on Sat 31 Jan 2015

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 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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