There are warnings of gales in Fitzroy, Sole, Fastnet and Shannon.
The general synopsis at midday
Low Sole 1009 moving northwest and losing its identity by midday tomorrow. New low expected west Sole 994 by same time
Southeasterly 5 or 6, backing easterly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough, becoming slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good
Northeast Viking, North Utsire, North South Utsire,
Variable becoming northeasterly, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Fair. Good
South South Utsire, Northeast Forties,
Easterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good
Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger,
Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate. Rain, fog banks. Poor or very poor
East 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming slight in south. Fair. Moderate or good
East 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Northeast 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Dover, Wight, Portland,
Northeast backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Westerly 5 to 7 in south Biscay until later, otherwise variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor
West or southwest, backing south or southeast for a time, 5 or 6, increasing 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough, becoming very rough. Rain or thundery showers. Good occasionally poor
Variable 4, becoming southeast 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Mainly southeast 5 or 6, increasing 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in southwest. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good
East 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Good
Cyclonic, mainly southeast 5 to 7, increasing 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in south. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey,
South or southeast 4 or 5, backing east 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in Rockall. Moderate, occasionally rough in Rockall. Showers. Moderate or good
Fair Isle, Faeroes,
Southeast backing east 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Cyclonic, mainly southeasterly 4 or 5. Moderate. Occasional rain, becoming fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Trafalgar, Issued: 2315 on Wed 23 Apr 2014 UTC
Westerly or southwesterly veering northwesterly 5 or 6. Rough, occasionally very rough at first. Rain or thundery 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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