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Gale warnings

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

at 0941 UTC on Wednesday 22 February 2017

All gale warnings currently in force

Bailey, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Cromarty, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Storm force 10 veering northwesterly and decreasing severe gale force 9 soon

Dogger, issued: 2148 on Tue 21 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering westerly imminent

Dover, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Faeroes, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Fair Isle, issued: 0345 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Violent storm force 11, veering northerly and decreasing severe gale force 9 soon

Fastnet, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Fisher, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly soon

Forth, issued: 2148 on Tue 21 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering westerly imminent

Forties, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Storm force 10 veering northwesterly and decreasing severe gale force 9 soon

German Bight, issued: 2148 on Tue 21 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering westerly imminent

Hebrides, issued: 0345 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly violent storm force 11 now decreased storm force 10, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Humber, issued: 2148 on Tue 21 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Irish Sea, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon, veering northwesterly and increasing storm force 10 later

Lundy, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Malin, issued: 2148 on Tue 21 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 now veered westerly

North Utsire, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Severe gale force 9 veering northerly soon

Plymouth, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Portland, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Rockall, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Shannon, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly severe gale force 9 expected later

Sole, issued: 0345 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

South Utsire, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Severe gale force 9 veering northerly soon

Southeast Iceland, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Gale now ceased but easterly gale force 8 expected soon

Thames, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Trafalgar, issued: 0957 on Tue 21 Feb 2017

Easterly storm force 10 nopw decreased severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Tyne, issued: 2148 on Tue 21 Feb 2017

Gale force 8 veering westerly imminent

Viking, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Storm force 10 veering northerly and decreasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wight, issued: 0941 on Wed 22 Feb 2017

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 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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