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Shipping forecast

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The general synopsis at 1800

High just west of Shannon 1037, expected Shannon 1035 by 1800 Friday

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 21:37 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
North Utsire
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:41 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 21:37 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Cromarty
Wind
Northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight at times, otherwise moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers then rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Forth
Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 4 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Tyne
Wind
West or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 4 at times later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 21:37 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Fisher
Gale warning - issued: 03:43 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 03:43 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor at first.
Humber
Gale warning - issued: 09:41 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 in west.
Sea state
Very rough at first in northeast, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Thames
Gale warning - issued: 15:42 on Thu 21 Jun 2018 UTC

Northwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Dover
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 at times, occasionally southwest 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Wight
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 at times, occasionally southwest 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Portland
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 at times, occasionally southwest 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Wind
North or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Biscay
Wind
Variable 4 in far south, otherwise east or northeast 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Trafalgar
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northeast 5 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far northwest.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
FitzRoy
Wind
Variable 4 in far southeast, otherwise northeasterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers in south.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor in south.
Sole
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Lundy
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Fastnet
Wind
Northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 at times.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Irish Sea
Wind
Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 4 at times later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Shannon
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Rockall
Wind
In south, variable 3 or 4. In north, southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6.
Sea state
In south, moderate. in north, moderate or rough.
Weather
In south, fair. In north, fair.
Visibility
In south, good. In north, good.
Malin
Wind
Northwest, backing west, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, occasionally 3.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.
Hebrides
Wind
Northwest, backing west, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Bailey
Wind
Southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Wind
Northwest 5 to 7, backing west 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Faeroes
Wind
Westerly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Westerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
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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