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Gale warnings

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

at 0346 UTC on Saturday 20 December 2014

All gale warnings currently in force

Bailey, issued: 2142 on Fri 19 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 now veered northwesterly decreasing gale force 8 soon

Cromarty, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Dogger, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly imminent

Faeroes, issued: 2142 on Fri 19 Dec 2014

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Fair Isle, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Fisher, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly imminent

Forth, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Forties, issued: 2142 on Fri 19 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly soon

German Bight, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly imminent

Hebrides, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Humber, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly imminent

Irish Sea, issued: 1532 on Fri 19 Dec 2014

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Malin, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

North Utsire, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Rockall, issued: 2142 on Fri 19 Dec 2014

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

South Utsire, issued: 2142 on Fri 19 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly soon

Southeast Iceland, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Thames, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly imminent

Tyne, issued: 0346 on Sat 20 Dec 2014

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

Viking, issued: 1532 on Fri 19 Dec 2014

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly 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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