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The general synopsis at 0600

Low Viking 981 expected Baltic sea 975 by 0600 tomorrow

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northerly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northerly 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:48 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northerly 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:48 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northerly 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northerly imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
West, veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Cromarty
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

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

Wind
West, veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Forth
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northerly imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
West, veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Tyne
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 imminent, veering northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
West, veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 imminent, veering northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
West, veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Fisher
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in northwest.
Weather
Rain, then squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly soon

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly soon

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain, then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Thames
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly later

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly later

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Wight
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly soon

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Portland
Gale warning - issued: 11:14 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain, then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Plymouth
Gale warning - issued: 11:14 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest, veering northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain, then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Biscay
Wind
Westerly, veering northerly or northwesterly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC
Wind
Cyclonic in far southeast, otherwise northwesterly, veering northerly later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in north.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later in northwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
FitzRoy
Wind
In southeast, westerly, veering northerly or northwesterly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. In northwest, northwesterly 5 to 7, backing westerly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north. in northwest, rough or very rough.
Weather
In southeast, rain or showers. In northwest, showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally moderate. In northwest, good.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West 5 to 7, veering north or northwest 6 to gale 8, becoming mainly variable 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon, veering northwesterly later

Wind
West 5 to 7, veering north or northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West 5 to 7, veering north or northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West 5 to 7, veering north or northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Severe gale force 9 veering northerly and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, becoming variable 4, then southerly 5 to 7 later in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, becoming variable 4, then southerly 5 to 7 later in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming north, 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, becoming wintry.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming north, 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Thundery showers, becoming wintry.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 09:48 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Severe gale force 9 backing northerly imminent and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northerly 7 to severe gale 9, becoming variable 4, then southerly 5 to 7 later in west.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming mainly rough except in southeast.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northerly soon, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming northerly, 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain then squally snow showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 15:49 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Northerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
In east, cyclonic, becoming northerly, 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later. In west, northerly 7 to severe gale 9, becoming variable 4.
Sea state
In east, rough or very rough, occasionally high. in west, rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
In east, rain then squally snow showers. In west, rain then snow showers.
Visibility
In east, moderate, occasionally very poor. In west, moderate, occasionally very poor.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 09:48 on Wed 16 Jan 2019 UTC

Severe gale force 9 backing northerly imminent and decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northerly 7 to severe gale 9, becoming variable 4, then cyclonic 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain then snow showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

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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