The general synopsis at midnight
Low 100 miles north of Iceland 1002 expected western Iceland 999 by midnight tonight. High mid Atlantic 1039, slow moving, declining 1037 by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire
Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers. Mainly good
Northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in southeast. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good
West or northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
Forth, Tyne, West Dogger
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good
East Dogger, Fisher, German Bight
Northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in northeast Fisher. Moderate, but rough in northeast Fisher. Showers. Good
Variable mainly northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in east. Slight, occasionally moderate in east. Fair. Moderate or good
Dover, Wight, Portland
Variable, mainly north, backing west for a time, 3 or 4. Slight. Fair. Moderate or good
North or northwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate
North Fitzroy, Sole
Northerly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate. Fog patches for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time
North or northwest, backing west later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good, occasionally poor
Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
Northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate. Drizzle with fog patches at first. Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good
Northwest backing southwest later, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good
West 5 to 7. Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 4 or 5 later in north. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor later
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Northerly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Showers. 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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