There are warnings of gales in all areas except Cromarty, Forth and Trafalgar.
The general synopsis at midday
Low southern Scotland 982 slow-moving, filling 988 by midday tomorrow. New low expected Fair Isle 975 by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties
Cyclonic at first in Viking and Forties, otherwise southeasterly veering southerly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later in northwest Viking. Rain then showers, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first
Northeast at first in Cromarty, otherwise south, veering northwest later, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight
South or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, North Biscay
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 except in north Biscay, perhaps storm 10 later in Thames and Dover. Moderate or rough in west Humber, otherwise rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good
South Biscay, South Fitzroy
Westerly 5 or 6 becoming variable 3 or 4, then southeasterly 5 or 6 later in southwest Fitzroy. Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough. Showers then fair. Moderate or good
North Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Lundy. Very rough or high at first in east Sole, otherwise rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in east Sole
South or southwest, veering northwest later, 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough for a time. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor
Shannon, South Rockall
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor
North Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey
Cyclonic at first in Malin, otherwise northeasterly backing northerly, 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Northeasterly 5 to 7 becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in west. Moderate becoming rough or very rough, then high later in west. Rain. Good, occasionally poor
Northeast 5 to 7 backing north 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later. Moderate or rough becoming very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Northeasterly backing northerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in east, decreasing 5 in west. Rough or very rough, becoming high later in far east. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or 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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