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The general synopsis at 1800

Low Faeroes 991 expected 170 miles east of Iceland 976 by 1800 Tuesday

Viking
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 until later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough until later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
North Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 15:50 on Mon 22 Jan 2018 UTC

Severe gale force 9 veering southerly soon

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 until later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough until later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.
South Utsire
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southeasterly continuing

Wind
Southeasterly veering southwesterly later, 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forties
Gale warning - issued: 21:38 on Mon 22 Jan 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Cromarty
Gale warning - issued: 21:38 on Mon 22 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Forth
Gale warning - issued: 21:38 on Mon 22 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Tyne
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dogger
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fisher
Wind
Southeasterly for a time in east, otherwise southwesterly, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
German Bight
Wind
Southeasterly for a time in east, otherwise southwesterly, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Thames
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Wight
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Portland
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Plymouth
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Biscay
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
In north, southwesterly 5 to 7. In south, southwesterly 4 or 5 occasionally 6 in north.
Sea state
In north, moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. in south, moderate or rough.
Weather
In north, rain or showers. In south, occasional rain.
Visibility
In north, good, occasionally poor. In south, good, occasionally poor.
Trafalgar
Wind
In southeast, northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5. In northwest, southwesterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
In southeast, slight or moderate. in northwest, moderate or rough.
Weather
In southeast, fair. In northwest, fair.
Visibility
In southeast, good. In northwest, good.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South or southwest, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later, perhaps storm 10.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming high or very high later.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South or southwest becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later, perhaps storm 10.
Sea state
Very rough, becoming high or very high later.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing storm force 10 later

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 21:38 on Mon 22 Jan 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Gale force 8 backing southerly imminent

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 21:38 on Mon 22 Jan 2018 UTC

Southwesterly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 03:26 on Tue 23 Jan 2018 UTC

Easterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent backing northerly and increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
Easterly gale 8 to storm 10, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9 later in west.
Sea state
Very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or 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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