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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Faeroes 996 expected 300 miles north of Faeroes 998 by midnight tonight. New low expected just west of Shannon 995 by same time. Low Southeast Iceland 997 losing its identity

Viking
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
North Utsire
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
South Utsire
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Forties
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Cromarty
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Forth
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Tyne
Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Fisher
Wind
West or southwest 5 or 6.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in south.
Weather
Thundery showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
German Bight
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Humber
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Thames
Gale warning - issued: 09:50 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Dover
Gale warning - issued: 09:50 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Wight
Gale warning - issued: 09:50 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally slight.
Weather
Showers, thundery at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Portland
Wind
Westerly, backing southerly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Wind
Westerly, backing southerly, 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers at first.
Visibility
Good.
Biscay
Wind
In northwest, westerly, backing southerly, 5 or 6. In southeast, variable 4, becoming southeasterly 5 or 6.
Sea state
In northwest, moderate or rough. in southeast, rough, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
In northwest, showers at first. In southeast, fair.
Visibility
In northwest, good. In southeast, good.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Tue 13 Nov 2018 UTC
Wind
In southeast, northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in far southeast. In northwest, southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times.
Sea state
In southeast, moderate or rough. in northwest, rough.
Weather
In southeast, thundery showers. In northwest, rain or showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally poor. In northwest, good, occasionally moderate.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
In southeast, southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 at times. In northwest, southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
In southeast, rough, occasionally moderate later. in northwest, rough or very rough.
Weather
In southeast, rain later. In northwest, rain or showers.
Visibility
In southeast, good, occasionally moderate later. In northwest, good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Tue 13 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Showers, then occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Tue 13 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Showers, then occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Tue 13 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Showers, then occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South or southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 21:46 on Mon 12 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
South or southwest, becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Tue 13 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West, backing south, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Showers, then occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Tue 13 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West, backing south, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Showers, then occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Tue 13 Nov 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
West or southwest 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming south or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming south or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Thundery showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Wind
Cyclonic 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally 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).

 

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