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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midday

Low Bailey 994, losing its identity by midday tomorrow. New low expected just west of Fitzroy 1007 by same time.

Viking
Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
North Utsire
Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
South Utsire
Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Forties
Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Cromarty
Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Forth
Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Tyne
Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Dogger
Wind
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Fisher
Wind
West 3 or 4, backing southwest 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
German Bight
Wind
West 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Humber
Wind
West 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Thames
Wind
West 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Wind
West 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Thundery showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Wight
Wind
West 5 to 7, backing southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, then fair.
Visibility
Good.
Portland
Wind
West 5 to 7, backing southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, then fair.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Wind
West 5 to 7, backing southwest 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, then fair.
Visibility
Good.
Biscay
Wind
West 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Trafalgar
Gale warning - issued: 03:38 on Wed 25 Apr 2018 UTC

Northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 23:15 on Tue 24 Apr 2018 UTC
Wind
Variable 4 in southeast, otherwise northerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 03:38 on Wed 25 Apr 2018 UTC

Northeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In southeast, northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later and becoming variable. In northwest, westerly backing southerly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough. in northwest, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in far northwest.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, rain later.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally moderate. In northwest, good, occasionally poor later.
Sole
Wind
West backing south, then becoming cyclonic later 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, becoming poor later.
Lundy
Wind
West 5 to 7, backing south 3 or 4, occasionally 5.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, then fair.
Visibility
Good.
Fastnet
Wind
West 5 to 7, backing south 3 or 4, occasionally 5.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
Irish Sea
Wind
West 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight at first.
Weather
Thundery showers, fair later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shannon
Wind
Westerly 5 to 7, becoming variable 3, then cyclonic 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in south.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming rough.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 21:37 on Tue 24 Apr 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 21:37 on Tue 24 Apr 2018 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Wind
Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Veering northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest, 3 or 4, occasionally 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwest, 3 or 4, occasionally 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Northeasterly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, wintry later.
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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