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Shipping forecast

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For the period to

The general synopsis at midnight

Low moving steadily northeast, expected 250 miles west of Bailey 957 by midnight tonight. Low eastern England 1005 losing its identity

Viking
Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
North Utsire
Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
South Utsire
Wind
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Forties
Wind
In east, southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. In west, southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
In east, moderate or rough. in west, slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
In east, rain or showers. In west, rain or showers.
Visibility
In east, good, occasionally moderate. In west, good, occasionally moderate.
Cromarty
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Forth
Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.
Tyne
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dogger
Wind
Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fisher
Wind
Southeast, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or sleet.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
German Bight
Wind
Southeast, becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or sleet.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Humber
Wind
Cyclonic, becoming south or southwest, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Thames
Wind
Cyclonic, becoming south or southwest, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Dover
Wind
Cyclonic, becoming south or southwest, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Wight
Wind
West 5 or 6, backing south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Portland
Wind
West 5 or 6, backing south 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.
Plymouth
Gale warning - issued: 03:45 on Mon 17 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, backing southerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in northwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in northwest.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Biscay
Gale warning - issued: 03:45 on Mon 17 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwesterly 5 or 6, backing southerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in northwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in northwest.
Weather
Showers, rain later.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate later.
Trafalgar
Trafalgar forecast - Issued: 00:15 on Mon 17 Dec 2018 UTC
Wind
Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly 5 or 6 in far southeast, otherwise becoming southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in northwest.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor later in northwest.
FitzRoy
Gale warning - issued: 15:57 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Sole
Gale warning - issued: 15:57 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southerly gale force 8 expected soon, increasing severe gale force 9 later

Wind
South or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough at first.
Weather
Rain then squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Lundy
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fastnet
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected soon

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Irish Sea
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Shannon
Gale warning - issued: 03:45 on Mon 17 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
South or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Rockall
Gale warning - issued: 03:45 on Mon 17 Dec 2018 UTC

Southerly severe gale force 9 continuing

Wind
South or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Malin
Gale warning - issued: 15:57 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South 5 to 7, backing southeast 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Hebrides
Gale warning - issued: 15:57 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South 5 to 7, backing southeast 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Bailey
Gale warning - issued: 15:57 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
South 5 to 7, backing southeast 7 to severe gale 9.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally rough.
Weather
Rain or squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Fair Isle
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South 5 to 7, backing southeast 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Faeroes
Gale warning - issued: 15:57 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected later

Wind
South 5 to 7, backing southeast 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Squally showers, then rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.
Southeast Iceland
Gale warning - issued: 21:48 on Sun 16 Dec 2018 UTC

Southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected later

Wind
Southeasterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later in far west.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high later.
Weather
Rain or squally 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).

 

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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