There are warnings of gales in Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at 1800
Low Dogger 998 moving southeastwards and losing its identity. New low expected 300 miles west of Shannon 997 by 1800 Friday
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
South 3 or 4, veering west or southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties
Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally poor
Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4, backing southwesterly later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good
Easterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 4, then westerly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good, occasionally poor at first
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west. Rain at first. Good, occasionally poor at first
Humber, Thames, Dover
Northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4, backing south or southwest later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good
Northwest backing south later, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good
Portland, Plymouth, Biscay
Northwest backing south or southwest 4 or 5, veering west 5 or 6 later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Fair then rain with fog patches. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally very poor
Northerly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good
Westerly 4 or 5. Moderate. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor
North Fitzroy, Sole
Southerly 4 or 5 at first in Sole, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in west Sole. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor
Northwest 3 or 4, backing south, then veering southwest later, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain with fog patches later. Good becoming poor or very poor later
Northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 3 or 4, then southeast 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Good
Variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic then southwest later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
Southwest backing southeast later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Rockall. Rough. Showers. Good
Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Northwesterly at first in Fair Isle, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in Southeast Iceland. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good
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).
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