There are warnings of gales in Biscay, Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Shannon, Rockall, Hebrides, Bailey and Fair Isle.
The general synopsis at 0600
Low Bailey 1001 moving eastwards and losing its identity. New high expected southwest England 1025 by 0600 tomorrow
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties
Cyclonic, mainly southeasterly 5 to 7, becoming northwesterly 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Forties and Cromarty. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Forties, Cromarty and north Dogger. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames
Cyclonic becoming west or northwest, 5 to 6, occasionally 7 in Fisher and German Bight. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in Fisher and German Bight. Rain at times. Moderate or poor, becoming good later
Cyclonic becoming northwest, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor
North veering northeast 5 or 6. Rough in southwest Plymouth, otherwise moderate. Fair. Good
Cyclonic 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Northwest Biscay, Southeast Fitzroy
Northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough, occasionally very rough at first. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good
Northwest Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 in west Sole. Slight in Irish Sea, otherwise moderate or rough. Fair. Good
Variable 4 in south Shannon at first, otherwise westerly 5 or 6, backing southerly 6 to gale 8 for a time. Rough or very rough. Rain later. Moderate or good
West 5 or 6, backing south 5 to 7 later. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time. Rough or very rough. Squally showers, rain later. Moderate or good
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in Faeroes, becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in northeast. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Cyclonic, 4 or 5 until later in southeast, otherwise 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate at first in southeast, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high in southwest. 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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