There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Plymouth, Biscay, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey and Faeroes.
The general synopsis at 1800
Low 180 miles west of Bailey 973 expected just south of Iceland with little change by 1800 Saturday. New low moving rather quickly northeast expected Rockall 992 by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering southerly 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
South or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Fisher, German Bight
South veering southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Moderate or good
Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland
Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later in Humber, Wight and Portland. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in Portland. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Plymouth, Northwest Biscay
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in west. Occasional rain. Moderate or good
Southerly veering northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good
Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, but easterly 5 to 7 in far southeast. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good
West or northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time. Rain then showers. Moderate or good
Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey
South or southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Fair Isle, Faeroes
Southerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in Faeroes, perhaps gale 8 later in Fair Isle. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good occasionally poor
Southerly or southwesterly but cyclonic in west, 5 to 7 perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good occasionally poor
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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