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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 600 miles west of Shannon 1001 expected Humber 979 by 0600 Thursday

Viking
Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
South Utsire
Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 16 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West 6 to gale 8 becoming cyclonic 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Cromarty
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 16 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West 6 to gale 8 becoming cyclonic 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Forth
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 16 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West 6 to gale 8 becoming cyclonic 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.
Tyne
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 16 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair then rain or sleet.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 21:43 on Tue 16 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair then rain or sleet.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Fisher
Wind
West 5 to 7 becoming cyclonic 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 03:42 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
West becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Humber
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, backing southwesterly violent storm force 11 later

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, increasing severe gale 9 to violent storm 11 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Thames
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, backing southwesterly violent storm force 11 later

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, increasing severe gale 9 to violent storm 11 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Dover
Gale warning - issued: 03:42 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale force 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Wight
Gale warning - issued: 03:42 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale force 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Portland
Gale warning - issued: 03:42 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale force 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Plymouth
Gale warning - issued: 03:42 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale force 9 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Biscay
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8, backing southwesterly soon

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC
Wind
North or northeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming high except in southeast.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8, backing southwesterly soon

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, but 4 or 5 in south.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8, backing southwesterly severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 03:42 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 03:42 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Storm force 10 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, backing southwesterly storm force 10 later

Wind
Westerly 6 to gale 8 backing southwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, but cyclonic 5 to 7 in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8, backing southwesterly severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, backing southwesterly severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 for a time in north.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, but cyclonic 4 or 5 for a time.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 09:58 on Wed 17 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 15:35 on Tue 16 Jan 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Wind
Cyclonic, mainly westerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Cyclonic, mainly westerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
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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