There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire and Forties.
The general synopsis at midnight
Low west Fair Isle 1008 expected 150 miles east of Iceland 1011 by midnight tonight. New high expected Wight 1025 by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties
Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 4 later in west Viking and Forties. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers, fog patches later in Viking and Forties. Moderate, occasionally very poor later in Viking and Forties
Southwest Forties, Cromarty
Southeasterly 5 or 6, veering southwesterly 4 or 5, then becoming variable 4 later. Moderate, becoming slight later. Thundery showers, fog patches later. Moderate, occasionally very poor later
Southwest 4 or 5. Moderate, becoming slight later. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor
Southeast 5 or 6, becoming variable 4. Moderate becoming slight. Thundery showers, fog patches later. Moderate, occasionally very poor later
Fisher, German Bight
Southeast, becoming cyclonic later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers and fog patches later. Moderate, occasionally very poor later
Southwest becoming variable, 4. Slight, occasionally moderate at first in Humber. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor
Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Cyclonic, mainly southwest, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers. Moderate, occasionally poor
Biscay, East Fitzroy
Westerly becoming variable, 4, then becoming easterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor
West Fitzroy, West Sole
Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
East Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
Southwesterly, backing southeasterly later, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches in Irish Sea. Good, occasionally poor, but very poor at times in Irish Sea
South 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
South backing southeast, 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally slight in northeast. Showers. Good
Malin, Hebrides, Bailey
Southerly 5 in southeast Malin, otherwise variable, becoming southeasterly later, 4. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Cyclonic 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in east Fair Isle. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Westerly 3 backing southwesterly 4 or 5 in northwest, otherwise northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate. Fair. 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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