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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 300 miles west of Sole 983 expected just southwest of Iceland 977 by 1800 Friday. High Baltic sea 1033 slow moving intensifying 1046 by same time

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Forties
Wind
South 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Cromarty
Wind
South 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Forth
Wind
South 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Tyne
Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, backing southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Dogger
Wind
Southwest 3 or 4, backing southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Fisher
Wind
East, veering south, 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
German Bight
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog banks.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Humber
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog banks.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Thames
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog banks.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Dover
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog banks.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Wight
Wind
Southeast 3 or less, increasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fog banks.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.
Portland
Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Plymouth
Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Biscay
Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Trafalgar
Wind
South or southeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough later in east.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Severe gale force 9 veering southerly imminent and decreasing gale force 8 soon, then increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough later in east.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Lundy
Wind
South 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 now veered southerly

Wind
South 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Wind
South 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now veered southerly

Wind
Southerly 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
High occasionally very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 now veered southerly, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, then increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Southerly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first.
Sea state
High occasionally very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 imminent

Wind
South 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
South 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 09:59 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Southeast 4 or 5, veering south gale 8 to storm 10.
Sea state
High, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 21:44 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
In southeast moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first, otherwise very rough occasionally high at first.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

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

Wind
South 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 15:55 on Thu 21 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly storm force 10 expected later?

Wind
Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming high.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate 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).

 

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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