There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Sole, Shannon and Rockall.
The general synopsis at midday
Low Portland 1010 moving slowly northeast and losing its identity
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Occasional rain. Moderate or good
Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east Dogger. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in southwest Forties and east Dogger. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Fisher, German Bight
Southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Fisher. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Moderate or good
Humber, Thames, Dover
South or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first. Slight or moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or poor
Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Cyclonic 4 becoming southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in Plymouth. Slight or moderate, but mainly rough in Plymouth. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first
Variable 3 or 4 becoming southeast 5 to 7. Rough. Showers. Mainly good
Easterly 5 or 6 at first in south Fitzroy, otherwise variable 3 or 4 becoming southerly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in west. Rough or very rough occasionally high later in far west. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
Variable 3 or 4 becoming southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Fastnet. Slight or moderate, but mainly rough in Fastnet. Showers. Moderate or good
South 5 or 6 backing southeast 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor later
South 4 or 5 backing southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in Rockall. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in Malin. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Southwest 4 or 5 backing southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Bailey. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in Hebrides. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Southerly backing southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in west. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in east. Rain at times. Moderate or good
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Southwesterly 5 or 6 becoming variable 4, then becoming southeasterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain or wintry showers. Moderate or good
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Cyclonic 5 to 7 becoming westerly 7 or gale 8 in south, perhaps northwesterly severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough becoming high in southwest. Rain or showers, perhaps becoming thundery at times. Moderate or good, perhaps becoming poor at times.
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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