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Shipping forecast

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The general synopsis at 1800

Low just west of Trafalgar 1009 slow-moving with little change by 1800 on Tuesday. New high expected just north of Fair Isle 1030 by same time

Viking
Wind
Variable 3 or 4 at first except in far northwest, otherwise northerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
North Utsire
Wind
Variable 3 or 4 at first, becoming northerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle at times, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
South Utsire
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forties
Wind
In east, variable 3 or 4. In west, northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
In east, slight or moderate. in west, slight or moderate.
Weather
In east, mainly fair. In west, fog patches.
Visibility
In east, good, occasionally poor. In west, moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Cromarty
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Forth
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Tyne
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, occasionally 3 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
Dogger
Wind
In west, northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, occasionally 3 later. In east, variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
In west, slight or moderate. in east, smooth or slight.
Weather
In west, fog patches. In east, fair.
Visibility
In west, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In east, moderate or good.
Fisher
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
German Bight
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Thames
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Wight
Wind
In east, variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5. In west, variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
In east, mainly fair. In west, showers.
Visibility
In east, good, occasionally poor. In west, moderate or good.
Portland
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Plymouth
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, occasionally northerly 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Biscay
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Trafalgar
Wind
Variable 3 in far southeast, otherwise cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west.
Weather
Thundery rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
FitzRoy
Wind
In south, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. In north, northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
In south, slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, thundery rain at times. In north, mainly fair.
Visibility
In south, good, occasionally poor. In north, moderate or good.
Sole
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Lundy
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Fastnet
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Irish Sea
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Shannon
Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Rockall
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 or 6 in far northwest.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough later in northwest.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Malin
Wind
North 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Occasional rain at first.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, becoming good.
Hebrides
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Bailey
Wind
In southeast, variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5. In northwest, southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
In southeast, slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. in northwest, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, fair.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, good.
Fair Isle
Wind
In east, northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. In west, variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
In east, moderate or rough. in west, slight or moderate.
Weather
In east, occasional rain, fog patches developing. In west, fair.
Visibility
In east, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. In west, good.
Faeroes
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 or 6 in northwest.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in west.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.

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