The general synopsis at 0600
Low Iceland 998 expected Bailey 995 by 0600 tomorrow. Developing low 100 miles west of Shannon expected Fisher 995 by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Westerly backing southwesterly, then backing southeasterly later, 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough for a time. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Southwest backing south 5 or 6, veering west 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good
Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in northeast, backing southerly 5 or 6, veering westerly 5 to 7 later. Moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
German Bight, Humber
West 4 or 5, backing south then veering west later 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Variable 4, becoming west or southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later
Variable 4, but northeasterly 4 or 5 in far southeast, becoming northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5 for a time in north and east. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good
Northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good
North Fitzroy, Sole
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time in north Sole. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 or 6 occasionally 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough for a time. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good
West or southwest 5 to 7, veering northwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough. Rain at first. Moderate or poor, becoming good
Rockall, Malin, Hebrides
West or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good
Westerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later in north. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. Good
Fair Isle, Faeroes
Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, but becoming variable 4 later in north Faeroes. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good
Cyclonic, becoming northeasterly later in northwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later in southeast. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north and in far southeast. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. 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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