There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Fisher and German Bight.
The general synopsis at midnight
High Rockall 1028 expected Fastnet with little change by midnight tonight
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Northwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good
East Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Northerly 7 or gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in South Utsire. Showers. Good
Northerly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 in west. Moderate occasionally rough. Showers. Good
Cromarty, Forth, Tyne
Northwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Good
Northwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good
Fisher, German Bight
Northwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. Good
Humber, Thames, Dover
Northerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 later in Humber. Moderate, becoming rough in east Humber. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first
Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle at first. Good, occasionally poor at first
Variable 4, becoming northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor
Southeasterly 4, backing northeasterly 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good
Easterly 4 or 5. Moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
East or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Moderate or good
Variable 3 or less. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good
East, veering south, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Moderate. Fair. Good
Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, then veering westerly 4 later in northwest. Moderate, occasionally rough in northwest. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 5 or 6. Moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
South 4, increasing 5 to 7, then veering west. Moderate, becoming rough. Rain for a time. Good, becoming poor for a time
Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Good
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 5 or 6. Moderate, becoming rough in west. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good
Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, then veering southwesterly later. Moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough at first in northwest. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally moderate.
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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