There are warnings of gales in all areas except Trafalgar, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at 0600
Low northeast Rockall 982 expected Norwegian Sea 969 by 0600 tomorrow
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Southeasterly gale 8 to storm 10, veering westerly 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later. Rough or very rough, becoming high in Viking and North Utsire for a time. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
Forties, Cromarty, Forth
South veering west or southwest, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5. Rough, occasionally very rough at first, becoming slight or moderate later. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber
South veering west or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate, occasionally rough. Rain at times. Good, occasionally poor
Thames, Dover, Wight
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in Dover and Wight later. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first
Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, North Fitzroy
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Rough, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high in Plymouth later. Occasional rain. Moderate or good
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate, becoming rough in north. Rain for a time. Moderate or good
Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high, but mainly moderate in north Irish Sea. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later
Westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10. Very rough becoming high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Westerly or southwesterly, becoming cyclonic then northwesterly, 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time in Rockall. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in south Rockall. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Northwest backing west 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time. Very rough becoming rough. Showers. Moderate or good
Northwesterly backing southwesterly, becoming cyclonic later, 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 in southwest later. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally poor
Southeast becoming cyclonic then northwest, 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Cyclonic mainly westerly or northwesterly, 5 or 6. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Rain then wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
North 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Moderate or 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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