There are warnings of gales in Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Shannon, Rockall and Bailey.
The general synopsis at 1800
High northwest Fitzroy 1024 expected southeast England 1028 by 1800 Monday. Lows Fair Isle 1007 and South Utsire 1007 both losing their identities
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire
Cyclonic at first in north, otherwise northwesterly backing southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty
Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in Cromarty. Squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Forth, Tyne, Dogger
West 5 or 6, decreasing 4. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in northeast Dogger. Mainly fair. Good
Fisher, German Bight
West or northwest 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good
Northwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good
Northwest veering east 4 or 5. Slight. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first
Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Plymouth. Fair. Good
Cyclonic 4 or 5. Rough, becoming moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Northwest Biscay, Trafalgar, Southeast Fitzroy
Cyclonic in southeast Trafalgar, otherwise northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in southeast Fitzroy and Trafalgar. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Northwest Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Variable 3 or 4, but southwesterly 5 or 6 in far northwest Fitzroy and west Sole for a time. Moderate or rough. Showers in northwest Fitzroy and west Sole. Good
West or southwest 4 or 5. Slight. Showers later. Good
South 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later in Shannon. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
West backing south for a time, 5 to 7. Rough, occasionally very rough in west. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
South 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 5 to 7. Rough, becoming very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or good
Variable 4 at first in north, otherwise northwesterly backing westerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west. Showers. Moderate or good
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Westerly or southwesterly backing southerly or southeasterly for a time, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or showers. 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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