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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midnight

Low just north of Southeast Iceland 995 slow-moving and losing its identity by midnight tonight. New low expected Southeast Iceland 990 by same time

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Variable 4 at first in west, otherwise southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Forties
Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Cromarty
Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forth
Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Tyne
Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dogger
Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fisher
Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in north.
Weather
Showers, wintry at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
German Bight
Wind
South or southeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers, wintry at first.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Thames
Wind
Variable 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Dover
Wind
North or northwest, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Wight
Wind
North or northwest, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Portland
Wind
North or northwest, becoming variable at times, 3 or 4.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Plymouth
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Biscay
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC
Wind
Northwesterly, veering northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 later in southeast.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, but mainly moderate in far southeast.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
FitzRoy
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later in west.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fastnet
Wind
Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Wind
Northwest, backing southwest 3 or 4, then veering west 5 or 6 later.
Sea state
Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shannon
Wind
Northwesterly backing westerly, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain or drizzle.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Wind
In southwest, northwesterly backing westerly, 5 or 6. In northeast, northwesterly backing southerly, 4 or 5, then veering westerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
In southwest, rain or drizzle. In northeast, rain at times.
Visibility
In southwest, good, occasionally poor. In northeast, good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Wind
Northwesterly backing southerly, 4 or 5, then veering westerly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly backing southerly, 4 or 5, then veering westerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming very rough later in north.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 03:47 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southeast veering west, 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough, becoming very rough later.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
West or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers, rain later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 or 6, then becoming cyclonic, mainly westerly, 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 09:45 on Thu 24 Jan 2019 UTC

Westerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 or 6, then becoming cyclonic, mainly westerly, 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
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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