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Gale warnings

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

at 2211 UTC on Wednesday 22 February 2017

All gale warnings currently in force

Bailey, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Biscay, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Dogger, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Dover, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon, veering westerly and increasing storm force 10 later

Fastnet, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly gale force 8 increasing storm force 10 soon

Fisher, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Fitzroy, issued: 2211 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Forth, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Forties, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering northeasterly later

German Bight, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Hebrides, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Humber, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but westerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Irish Sea, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Southwesterly gale force 8 imminent, veering westerly and increasing violent storm force 11 soon

Lundy, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly gale force 8 increasing storm force 10 soon

Malin, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Northerly gale force 8 imminent increasing severe gale force 9 soon

North Utsire, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Plymouth, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Portland, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Rockall, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly and increasing violent storm force 11 imminent

Shannon, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly and increasing violent storm force 11 soon

Sole, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly soon

South Utsire, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Southeast Iceland, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but easterly gale force 8 expected soon

Thames, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon, veering westerly and increasing storm force 10 later

Tyne, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Viking, issued: 1547 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wight, issued: 2152 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon, veering westerly and increasing storm force 10 later

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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