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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midnight

High southern Norway 1035 slow-moving, intensifying 1036 by midnight tonight. New low expected 250 miles west of Rockall 968 by same time

Viking
Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.
North Utsire
Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
South Utsire
Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Forties
Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.
Cromarty
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 11 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers later.
Visibility
Good.
Forth
Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Tyne
Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Dogger
Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Fisher
Wind
East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
German Bight
Wind
East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Humber
Wind
East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Thames
Wind
East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Dover
Wind
East or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Wight
Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Portland
Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain then fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Plymouth
Gale warning - issued: 03:51 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming southeast 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in west.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Biscay
Gale warning - issued: 03:51 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in north.
Sea state
Moderate at first in east, otherwise rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Trafalgar
Gale warning - issued: 03:51 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in northwest.
Weather
Rain in northwest.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor in northwest.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 03:51 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC

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

Wind
Westerly 3 or 4 at first in east, otherwise southerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high in west.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 03:51 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC

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

Wind
Westerly 3 or 4 at first in east, otherwise southerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high in west.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 11 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming southeasterly 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 11 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming southeasterly 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 11 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 15:47 on Tue 11 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southeast becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Very rough becoming high.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 15:47 on Tue 11 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southeast becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Very rough becoming high.
Weather
Fair then rain.
Visibility
Good, becoming moderate or poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 03:51 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally variable 4 at first, then increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming high, except in east.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 03:51 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally variable 4 at first, then increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming high, except in east.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 03:51 on Wed 12 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally variable 4 at first, then increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming high.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 15:47 on Tue 11 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Very rough in northwest, rough in southeast.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Faeroes
Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
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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