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Shipping forecast

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The general synopsis at 0600

Low south Rockall 975 moving away rapidly northeastwards

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 12:19 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing violent storm force 11 imminent

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7 veering southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7 veering southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7 veering southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing violent storm force 11 later

Wind
South 7 to severe gale 9 veering southwest severe gale 9 to violent storm 11, decreasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high for a time.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Cromarty
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing violent storm force 11 later

Wind
South 7 to severe gale 9 veering southwest severe gale 9 to violent storm 11, decreasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high for a time.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forth
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing violent storm force 11 later

Wind
South 7 to severe gale 9 veering southwest severe gale 9 to violent storm 11, decreasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high for a time.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Tyne
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing violent storm force 11 imminent

Wind
South 7 to severe gale 9 veering southwest severe gale 9 to violent storm 11, decreasing 6 to gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high for a time.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased, but southerly gale force 8 expected soon, veering southwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
South veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Fisher
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South veering southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough, then high for a time in north.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Humber
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Thames
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Dover
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased, but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Wight
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Portland
Gale warning - issued: 22:01 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Plymouth
Gale warning - issued: 22:01 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Biscay
Wind
In northwest, southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. In southeast, variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
In northwest, moderate or rough. in southeast, moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 23:15 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC
Wind
Northerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, occasionally variable 3 in west and far southeast.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in far southeast.
Weather
Fog patches near shore.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In southeast, southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally variable 3 in far southeast. In northwest, southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in far northwest.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate, occasionally rough in north. in northwest, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far northwest.
Weather
In southeast, fog patches. In northwest, rain.
Visibility
In southeast, moderate, occasionally very poor. In northwest, good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now decreased gale force 8, veering westerly imminent

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
West or southwest 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 for a time.
Sea state
High at first in west, otherwise rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Southwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
Southwest gale 8 to storm 10 decreasing 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later.
Sea state
Very rough becoming rough, then slight or moderate later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Westerly violent storm force 11 now decreased storm force 10, decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 5 or 6, then becoming cyclonic 4 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Westerly violent storm force 11 now decreased storm force 10, decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high, becoming rough except in northeast.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Violent storm force 11 veering westerly and decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent

Wind
West or southwest severe gale 9 to violent storm 11 decreasing 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain then showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 veering westerly imminent

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7 becoming west or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 now backed northeasterly

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 15:51 on Tue 18 Sep 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later.

Wind
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8 becoming cyclonic then southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in southeast.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

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

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northerly or northwesterly, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 09:49 on Wed 19 Sep 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 backing northerly imminent

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northerly or northwesterly, 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or 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).

 

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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