There are warnings of gales in Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at midnight
Low 200 miles west of Fitzroy 993 expected just west of Fitzroy 1003 by midnight tonight. Low Norwegian Basin 995 slow-moving, deepening 985 by same time. Low Forties 996 losing its identity
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Cyclonic becoming westerly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
Southwesterly at first in southeast Forties, otherwise northwesterly, 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher
Southwest at first except in Forth, otherwise northwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Fisher. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover
Southwest, veering north except in Dover, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 until later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Southwesterly 4 or 5, veering northeasterly 5 or 6 later, except in southeast Wight and southeast Portland. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Southwest becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
Northwest Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Southwesterly 4 or 5, veering northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers, fog patches. Good, occasionally poor
Southwest veering northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
Cyclonic becoming northeast 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
North or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally poor at first
North or northwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor
Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in west. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in southeast. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Northerly or northeasterly, veering northwesterly later, 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, occasionally high. Snow or snow showers. Moderate, occasionally very poor, occasional light icing in Southeast Iceland
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later, but 4 in far southeast. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. 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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