There are warnings of gales in Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, German Bight, Humber, Fitzroy, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at 1800
High 200 miles west of Fitzroy 1034 expected Fitzroy 1042 by 1800 Wednesday. Low west Fair Isle 989 moving rather quickly southeast, losing its identity
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Cyclonic becoming northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first except in Forth and Tyne, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough except in Forth and Tyne. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor
Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames
West veering northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in German Bight and Humber. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor
Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth
West veering northwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Very rough until later in southwest Plymouth, otherwise moderate or rough. Squally showers then fair. Moderate or good
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 in west. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers then fair. Moderate or good
Northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in south. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally poor
Northeasterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Showers then fair. Moderate or good
North Fitzroy, Sole
Northwesterly 5 to 7 becoming variable 4, then southwesterly 5 or 6 in west. Very rough or high, becoming rough. Squally showers then fair. Good, occasionally poor at first
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
West or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in Irish Sea, backing west or southwest 4 or 5. Very rough or high at first in southwest Fastnet, otherwise moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good, occasionally poor at first
Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey
Northwest backing southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in Rockall, Malin and Hebrides, decreasing 5 for a time. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough for a time. Squally showers then fair, occasional rain later. Moderate or poor
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in south, backing westerly 4 or 5, then southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later. Very rough or high at first in far west, otherwise rough or very rough. Squally showers then fair, rain later. Good, occasionally poor at first
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Northwesterly 5 to 7 backing westerly 4, then southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in Southeast Iceland. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers, rain later. 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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