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Mapping images supplied by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Norwegian Sea 978 moving rapidly away eastwards. New low expected Fitzroy 1023 by midnight tonight

Issued 26 September 03:05 UTC by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  1. Viking

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 25 September 21:42 UTC

    Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 7 or gale 8, decreasing 6.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  2. North Utsire

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 25 September 21:42 UTC

    Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 7 or gale 8, decreasing 6.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  3. South Utsire

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 26 September 03:41 UTC

    Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  4. Forties

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    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, occasionally variable 4 in north.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first.
    • Weather

      Rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  5. Cromarty

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 25 September 21:42 UTC

    Southwesterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

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    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, occasionally variable 4 in north.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  6. Forth

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  7. Tyne

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 or gale 8, decreasing 6.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  8. Dogger

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 26 September 03:41 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 or gale 8, decreasing 6.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  9. Fisher

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 25 September 16:01 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, decreasing 6.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  10. German Bight

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 26 September 03:41 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 or gale 8, decreasing 6.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  11. Humber

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  12. Thames

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    • Wind

      Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight later.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  13. Dover

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    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  14. Wight

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    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  15. Portland

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    • Wind

      Variable becoming east, 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  16. Plymouth

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    • Wind

      Variable becoming east, 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  17. Biscay

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    • Wind

      East, becoming cyclonic later 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in west, slight or moderate in east.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  18. Trafalgar

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    • Wind

      Easterly 6 to gale 8 in far southeast, otherwise variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough in far northwest and in far southeast.
    • Weather

      Fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.
  19. FitzRoy

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    • Wind

      Northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in south, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fog patches in south.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.
  20. Sole

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    • Wind

      East or southeast 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  21. Lundy

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    • Wind

      Southwest 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  22. Fastnet

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    • Wind

      Southwest 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in west.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  23. Irish Sea

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  24. Shannon

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    • Wind

      Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north.
    • Sea State

      Mainly rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  25. Rockall

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    • Wind

      Southwest becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  26. Malin

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    • Wind

      Southwest becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, and perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  27. Hebrides

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    • Wind

      Southwest becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  28. Bailey

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  29. Fair Isle

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  30. Faeroes

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  31. Southeast Iceland

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 26 September 03:41 UTC

    Westerly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent

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    • Wind

      Westerly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6, then veering northwesterly later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first, becoming moderate or rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.