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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midday

New low expected 200 miles west of Bailey 977 by midday tomorrow

Viking
Wind
Southerly 4 increasing 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, then occasionally very rough later in north.
Weather
Drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Wind
Southerly 4 increasing 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate becoming rough, then occasionally very rough later in north.
Weather
Drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
South Utsire
Wind
Southerly 4 increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough for a time in north.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Forties
Wind
Southerly 4 increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Cromarty
Wind
Southerly 4 increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Forth
Wind
Southerly 4 increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Tyne
Wind
Southwest 3 backing south 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Dogger
Wind
Southwest 3 backing south 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Fisher
Wind
Variable 4 becoming east 5 or 6, then veering south 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
German Bight
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4, then southeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Humber
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Thames
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Dover
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Wight
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Portland
Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Plymouth
Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Biscay
Wind
Southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in northwest.
Sea state
Rouigh or very rough in northwest, moderate or rough in southeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Trafalgar
Gale warning - issued: 09:59 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC
Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northwest and southeast.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in west, decreasing 5 at times in east.
Sea state
Very rough or high in west, rough or very rough in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Severe gale force 9 veering southerly imminent and decreasing gale force 8 soon, then increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in west, decreasing 5 at times in east.
Sea state
Very rough or high in west, rough or very rough in east.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Wind
Southerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 03:44 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time in west.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Wind
Southerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Wed 20 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 backing southeasterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 now veered southerly, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, then increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times, but occasionally storm 10 for a time in northwest.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 21:49 on Wed 20 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high in west.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high in west.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 09:59 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first, then increasing gale 8 to storm 10 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming high.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Fair Isle
Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, but 4 at first in southeast, then perhaps gale 8 later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in west and north.
Weather
Drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
South 5 or 6 increasing 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly storm force 10 expected later?

Wind
Southerly or cyclonic 4 or 5 increasing 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, 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).

 

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