There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Fisher and German Bight.
The general synopsis at 1800
Low south Fitzroy 1009 expected just west of Trafalgar 1014 by 1800 Sunday. High Rockall 1027 expected Fastnet with little change by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Northwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good
East Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Northwesterly 5 or 6, veering northerly 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later in South Utsire. Showers. Good
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in east Forties and east Dogger. Moderate, becoming rough in east Forties and east Dogger. Showers. Good
Fisher, German Bight
North 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Rain and drizzle then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first
Humber, Thames, Dover
Northerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in east Humber. Moderate, becoming rough in east Humber. Occasional drizzle then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first
Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough at first in northwest. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Southeasterly 4, backing northeasterly 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good
Easterly 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Northeast 4 or 5, veering east 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Moderate or good
Northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in south. Fair. Good
East, veering south, 4 or 5. Moderate. Fair. Good
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough in northwest. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
Malin, Southeast Hebrides
Variable, becoming southwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Moderate. Fair. Good
Northwest Hebrides, Bailey
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in Bailey. Moderate, becoming rough in Bailey. Fair, rain later in Bailey. Good, occasionally poor later in Bailey
Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasional rough at first in east. Showers. Good
Northwesterly, backing southerly, 4 or 5. Moderate. Showers at first. Good
West Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in Southeast Iceland. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor 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).
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