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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midday

High Biscay 1033 expected France 1026 by midday tomorrow. New low expected 290 miles west of Iceland 952 by same time

Viking
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, veering southeasterly 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
North Utsire
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time, veering southeasterly 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:40 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time, veering southeasterly 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Forties
Wind
In east, northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, veering southeasterly 4 later. In west, northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
In east, rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later. in west, moderate, occasionally rough for a time.
Weather
In east, fair. In west, fair.
Visibility
In east, good. In west, good.
Cromarty
Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough for a time.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Forth
Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough for a time.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Tyne
Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough for a time.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Dogger
Wind
In west, northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 or 6 later. In east, northwesterly 6 to gale 8, veering northeasterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
In west, moderate, occasionally rough for a time. in east, rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
In west, fair. In east, showers.
Visibility
In west, good. In east, good.
Fisher
Gale warning - issued: 15:42 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, veering northeasterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 15:42 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Northwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, veering northeasterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Humber
Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Thames
Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Dover
Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, backing south 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Wight
Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, backing south 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Portland
Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, backing south 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough for a time.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Wind
Variable 4, becoming southeast 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Biscay
Wind
In north, variable 4, becoming southeast 5 or 6. In south, easterly veering southwesterly, 5 or 6.
Sea state
In north, moderate or rough. in south, moderate or rough.
Weather
In north, rain later. In south, rain or showers.
Visibility
In north, good, occasionally moderate later. In south, good, occasionally moderate.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC
Wind
East or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
FitzRoy
Wind
In south, easterly veering southwesterly, 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. In north, southeasterly, veering westerly later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
In south, moderate or rough. in north, rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
In south, rain or showers. In north, rain or showers.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally moderate. In north, good, occasionally moderate.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 09:40 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southeasterly, veering westerly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later in west.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Lundy
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Fastnet
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Irish Sea
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Roug, becoming very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 15:42 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 imminent increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Roug, becoming very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 15:42 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southerly severe gale force 9 expected soon

Wind
South or southeast 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Wind
Northerly for a time in far east, otherwise southeasterly, 4 or 5 increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 until later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Mon 10 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 until later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

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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