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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Iceland 966 expected 250 miles west of Bailey 967 by 1800 Wednesday. Low just west of Rockall 969 expected Bailey 981 by same time

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
Southeasterly gale 8 or severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:47 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southeasterly gale 8 or severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:47 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southeasterly gale 8 or severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
Southeast 6 to gale 8, veering south 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Cromarty
Wind
South 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forth
Wind
South 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Tyne
Wind
South 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 09:47 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 now backed southeasterly

Wind
Southeast 6 to gale 8, veering south 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first, becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fisher
Gale warning - issued: 03:52 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast 6 to gale 8, veering south 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first, becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 03:52 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast 6 to gale 8, veering south 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first, becoming moderate.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Thames
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Wight
Wind
Southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Portland
Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Plymouth
Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Biscay
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southwest veering west, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Trafalgar
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: 10:48 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high in north.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally 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
Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
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 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 03:52 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest veering northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in west.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in west.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 09:47 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time in southeast.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Tue 18 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northeast.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in northeast.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
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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