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

The general synopsis at midday

Low just west of Rockall 980, expected southern Ireland 992 by midday tomorrow.

Issued 17 October 15:25 UTC by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  1. Viking

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    • Wind

      Southwesterly backing easterly 3 to 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor at first.
  2. North Utsire

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    • Wind

      Southwesterly backing easterly 3 to 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor at first.
  3. South Utsire

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    • Wind

      Southwesterly backing easterly 3 to 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor at first.
  4. Forties

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    • Wind

      South backing southeast 3 to 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  5. Cromarty

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    • Wind

      South backing southeast 3 to 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  6. Forth

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    • Wind

      Southeast 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 2 to 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  7. Tyne

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    • Wind

      Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in south, but becoming cyclonic 3 or less in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  8. Dogger

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    • Wind

      Southerly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later in south, but becoming cyclonic 3 or less in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  9. Fisher

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    • Wind

      South backing southeast 3 to 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  10. German Bight

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

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    • Wind

      South or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, thundery at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  11. Humber

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

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    • Wind

      South or southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, thundery at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  12. Thames

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

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    • Wind

      Southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
  13. Dover

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

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    • Wind

      Southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time..
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
  14. Wight

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 increasing severe gale force 9 soon

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    • Wind

      Southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
  15. Portland

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 03:43 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

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    • Wind

      Southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
  16. Plymouth

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 03:43 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

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    • Wind

      Southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.
  17. Biscay

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 03:43 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 expected later

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 3 to 5 at times in south.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally high in north.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  18. Trafalgar

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    • Wind

      Cyclonic, mainly westerly or southwesterly, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in far southeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers, mainly in north.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor in north.
  19. FitzRoy

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Westerly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 3 to 5 at times in south.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally high in north.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  20. Sole

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Gale force 8 veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

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    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor.
  21. Lundy

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Gale force 8 veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

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    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor.
  22. Fastnet

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 16:00 UTC

    Gale force 8 veering westerly and increasing severe gale force 9 soon

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    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor.
  23. Irish Sea

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    • Wind

      South 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  24. Shannon

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 09:55 UTC

    Gale force 8, increasing severe gale force 9 and veering westerly soon

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    • Wind

      West 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Rain or thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor.
  25. Rockall

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    • Wind

      Cyclonic, mainly northeast later, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate.
  26. Malin

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    • Wind

      Cyclonic, mainly northeast later, 4 to 6, decreasing 3 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate.
  27. Hebrides

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    • Wind

      Southeast backing northeast 4 to 6.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate.
  28. Bailey

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    • Wind

      Southeasterly backing northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in north.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate.
  29. Fair Isle

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    • Wind

      Variable 4 or less.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.
  30. Faeroes

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    • Wind

      Variable 3 or less, becoming northeast 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain in north.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor in north.
  31. Southeast Iceland

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 17 October 09:55 UTC

    Northeasterly severe gale force 9, decreasing gale force 8 imminent

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    • Wind

      Northeasterly 6 to gale 8, but cyclonic 1 to 3 at first in southeast.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good.