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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midday

Low 150 miles west of Bailey 976 expected Fair Isle 987 by 0600 tomorrow. New low expected just north of Faeroes 978 by same time

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 15:45 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 15:45 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southerly 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good.
Cromarty
Gale warning - issued: 15:45 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good.
Forth
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly veering southwesterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate becoming good.
Tyne
Wind
South veering southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Dogger
Wind
South veering southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
Fisher
Wind
South veering southwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Good.
German Bight
Wind
South veering southwest later, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain with fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.
Humber
Wind
South veering southwest later, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain with fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.
Thames
Wind
South veering southwest later, 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain with fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.
Dover
Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
Wight
Wind
South or southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later.
Portland
Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Biscay
Wind
In northwest, southwesterly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later. In southeast, variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 for a time.
Sea state
In northwest, rough or very rough. in southeast, rough becoming very rough.
Weather
In northwest, showers. In southeast, occasional rain.
Visibility
In northwest, good. In southeast, good, occasionally poor.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC
Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in northwest.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
FitzRoy
Wind
In southeast, cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming northerly 5 or 6. In northwest, southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
In southeast, very rough. in northwest, very rough or high.
Weather
In southeast, occasional rain. In northwest, showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally poor. In northwest, good.
Sole
Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering northwesterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Lundy
Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Fastnet
Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering westerly soon

Wind
Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering westerly later

Wind
Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 15:45 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale force 8 veering southwesterly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

Wind
South veering southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 15:45 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
South becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Bailey
Wind
South, becoming cyclonic then northwest later, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 15:45 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 continuing

Wind
South veering northwest later, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 03:50 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwesterly later, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, wintry later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 09:43 on Sun 17 Feb 2019 UTC

Gale now ceased but northerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic becoming northwesterly later, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or 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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