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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Bailey 975, slow moving, filling 987 by 0600 tomorrow.

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor at first.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor at first.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor at first.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
South 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Cromarty
Wind
South or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Forth
Wind
South or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Tyne
Wind
South or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Dogger
Wind
South or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Fisher
Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, veering south 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
German Bight
Wind
South 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Humber
Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.
Thames
Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.
Dover
Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good.
Wight
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate.
Portland
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate.
Plymouth
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high.
Weather
Squally, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate.
Biscay
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC
Wind
Southwesterly at first in southeast, otherwise westerly or northwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, becoming variable 3 later in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough until later in north.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 11:00 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high in north.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
West 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
High becoming very rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally, thundery showers.
Visibility
Moderate.
Irish Sea
Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in south.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 now veered westerly, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
High.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Wind
South veering west, but cyclonic for a time, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South veering west, but cyclonic for a time, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South or southeast, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally good later.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Wed 19 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 continuing, now backed southeasterly

Wind
South or southeast, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally good later.
Fair Isle
Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Faeroes
Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Easterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

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 shown on the map.

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).

 

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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