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Shipping forecast

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The general synopsis at midnight

Low 400 miles west of Fitzroy 1001 expected northeastern France 1010 by midnight tonight

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 21:41 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 21:41 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 03:39 on Sat 22 Sep 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 03:39 on Sat 22 Sep 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Cromarty
Gale warning - issued: 03:39 on Sat 22 Sep 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Forth
Gale warning - issued: 09:47 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

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

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Tyne
Gale warning - issued: 09:47 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now backed westerly and decreased gale force 8

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 15:46 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Very rough at first in northeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Fisher
Gale warning - issued: 21:41 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 15:46 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Westerly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West or northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate in south.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Wind
West 5 to 7, becoming variable 4, then northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Thames
Wind
West 5 to 7, becoming variable 4, then northeast 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Wight
Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Portland
Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Plymouth
Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
Biscay
Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in south.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in north.
Weather
Rain in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in north.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 23:15 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC
Wind
Variable 4 in northwest, otherwise easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough later in southeast.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
FitzRoy
Wind
In south, southwesterly 4 or 5 in north, otherwise variable 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5 in southeast. In north, cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
In south, moderate. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, fog patches. In north, occasional rain.
Visibility
In south, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In north, good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Wind
Variable 4, becoming cyclonic, mainly east or northeast, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fastnet
Wind
Variable 4, becoming cyclonic, mainly east or northeast, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Wind
West 5 or 6, becoming variable 4, then north or northeast 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 21:41 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Easterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Malin
Wind
North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 09:47 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Bailey
Wind
Northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 21:41 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 veering northwesterly soon

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 15:53 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 15:46 on Fri 21 Sep 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in east.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

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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