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

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 800 miles west of Fitzroy 943 expected 600 miles west of Bailey 940. New low moving steadily northeastwards expected western Norwegian Basin 1001 by same time.

Issued 20 February 11:30 UTC by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  1. Viking

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 09:59 UTC

    Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

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    • Wind

      Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering southwesterly 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain at first.
    • Visibility

      Moderate becoming good.
  2. North Utsire

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 09:59 UTC

    Southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

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    • Wind

      Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering southwesterly 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain at first.
    • Visibility

      Moderate becoming good.
  3. South Utsire

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    • Wind

      Southeasterly, veering southwesterly, 5 or 6, then westerly 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  4. Forties

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  5. Cromarty

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  6. Forth

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  7. Tyne

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  8. Dogger

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  9. Fisher

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  10. German Bight

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  11. Humber

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  12. Thames

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    • Wind

      Southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  13. Dover

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    • Wind

      Southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  14. Wight

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    • Wind

      Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fog patches later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.
  15. Portland

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    • Wind

      Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Fog patches later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.
  16. Plymouth

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    • Wind

      Southerly 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Rough, occasionally moderate.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  17. Biscay

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    • Wind

      In northwest, southerly 5 or 6. In southeast, variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      In northwest, rough, occasionally moderate. in southeast, moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      In northwest, mainly fair. In southeast, mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      In northwest, good. In southeast, good.
  18. Trafalgar

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 09:59 UTC

    Southerly gale force 8 expected later

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    • Wind

      In southeast, variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly 5 to 7. In northwest, southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      In southeast, occasional rain. In northwest, mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      In southeast, good, occasionally moderate. In northwest, good.
  19. FitzRoy

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 09:59 UTC

    Southerly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      In southeast, southerly 5 to 7. In northwest, southerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      In southeast, rough, occasionally moderate. in northwest, very rough or high.
    • Weather

      In southeast, mainly fair. In northwest, occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      In southeast, good. In northwest, moderate or poor.
  20. Sole

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 09:59 UTC

    Southerly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      In west, southerly 6 to gale 8. In east, southerly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      In west, very rough or high. in east, rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      In west, occasional rain. In east, occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      In west, moderate or poor. In east, good, occasionally moderate.
  21. Lundy

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    • Wind

      Southerly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  22. Fastnet

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    • Wind

      Southerly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  23. Irish Sea

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    • Wind

      South 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  24. Shannon

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 09:59 UTC

    Southerly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      South 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  25. Rockall

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 09:59 UTC

    Gale now ceased but southeasterly gale force 8 expected soon

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    • Wind

      South 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  26. Malin

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    • Wind

      Southwest, backing south, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  27. Hebrides

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    • Wind

      Southwest, backing south, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  28. Bailey

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    • Wind

      Southwest, backing south, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  29. Fair Isle

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 03:41 UTC

    Southeasterly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      Southeasterly gale 8 at first in far north, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  30. Faeroes

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 03:41 UTC

    Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

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    • Wind

      Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, becoming southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  31. Southeast Iceland

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 20 February 03:41 UTC

    Southeasterly severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 soon

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    • Wind

      Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, becoming southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.