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Shipping forecast

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The general synopsis at midnight

Low Southeast Iceland 987 expected Fair Isle 990 by midnight tonight. Developing low moving rather quickly east expected Dogger 999 by same time

Viking
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Wind
Mainly southerly or southeasterly, otherwise southwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
South Utsire
Wind
Mainly southerly or southeasterly, otherwise southwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forties
Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Cromarty
Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forth
Wind
West or cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Tyne
Wind
West or cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dogger
Wind
West or cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fisher
Wind
Easterly or southeasterly at first in northeast, otherwise westerly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
German Bight
Wind
Westerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Wind
West 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Thames
Wind
West 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Wind
West 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Wight
Wind
West 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Portland
Gale warning - issued: 03:46 on Fri 19 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Plymouth
Gale warning - issued: 03:46 on Fri 19 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Biscay
Gale warning - issued: 03:46 on Fri 19 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Trafalgar
Gale warning - issued: 06:40 on Fri 19 Jan 2018 UTC

Northeasterly severe gale force 9 imminent, decreasing gale force 8 soon

Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Fri 19 Jan 2018 UTC
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 except in southwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, but slight or moderate in southeast.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly, backing westerly, 4 or 5 in south, otherwise westerly or northwesterly, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 03:46 on Fri 19 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 03:46 on Fri 19 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 16:05 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming slight.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, rain later in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 backing westerly imminent

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 10:00 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5, becoming mainly variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, rain later in southwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Thu 18 Jan 2018 UTC

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

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5, becoming mainly variable 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Squally wintry showers, rain later in southwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Mainly northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Thundery wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally 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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