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

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Norwegian Basin 981 expected just west of Norway 985 by 0600 tomorrow. Tropical storm ernesto moving rather quickly northeast, becoming extra-tropical and expected Irish Sea 1010 by same time

Issued 18 August 09:30 UTC by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  1. Viking

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 18 August 15:41 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      West or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  2. North Utsire

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    • Wind

      West or southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  3. South Utsire

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    • Wind

      West or southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  4. Forties

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in north, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.
  5. Cromarty

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.
  6. Forth

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.
  7. Tyne

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.
  8. Dogger

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.
  9. Fisher

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    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.
  10. German Bight

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6, decreasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  11. Humber

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  12. Thames

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  13. Dover

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  14. Wight

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  15. Portland

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  16. Plymouth

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.
  17. Biscay

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    • Wind

      Variable 4, occasionally southwesterly 5 in northwest.
    • Sea State

      Moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  18. Trafalgar

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 18 August 15:41 UTC

    Easterly gale force 8 expected soon

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    • Wind

      Easterly in far southeast, otherwise northerly, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.
  19. FitzRoy

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    • Wind

      In south, northeasterly 5 to 7. In north, southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in northwest.
    • Sea State

      In south, moderate or rough. in north, moderate, becoming rough in north.
    • Weather

      In south, fair. In north, rain later.
    • Visibility

      In south, good. In north, good, occasionally moderate later.
  20. Sole

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    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming rough, then occasionally very rough for a time.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  21. Lundy

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, fog patches for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.
  22. Fastnet

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, fog patches for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.
  23. Irish Sea

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    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, fog patches for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor for a time.
  24. Shannon

    Gale Warning: Gale warning issued 18 August 15:41 UTC

    Southwesterly gale force 8 continuing

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    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough for a time.
    • Weather

      Rain and fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate, occasionally very poor.
  25. Rockall

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    • Wind

      Westerly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic, mainly northeasterly, 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain, fog patches in south.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.
  26. Malin

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    • Wind

      Westerly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic, mainly northeasterly, 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain, fog patches in south.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south.
  27. Hebrides

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    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  28. Bailey

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    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  29. Fair Isle

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    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, veering west or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  30. Faeroes

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    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.
  31. Southeast Iceland

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    • Wind

      Northwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 4.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.