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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0405 UTC on Tuesday 26 July 2016

There are warnings of gales in Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low just north of Fair Isle 1004 expected Faeroes 1002 by midnight tonight

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Westerly, backing southerly or southwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in Viking. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

West or southwest 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Fisher, German Bight

Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate in Fisher. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate

Humber

Variable becoming southwest, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

West or southwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight. Rain or drizzle later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Plymouth

West or southwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate. Rain or drizzle, fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, or very poor later

North Biscay

Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 4 or 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Fair. Good

South Biscay

Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

South Fitzroy

Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

North Fitzroy

Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

West or southwest, veering northwest later in Irish Sea, 4 or 5. Smooth or slight in Irish Sea, otherwise slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Shannon

West 4 or 5. Moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Rockall, Malin

West, veering northwest later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Hebrides, Bailey

West 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate

Fair Isle

West or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Faeroes

West backing southwest, then becoming cyclonic later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first

Southeast Iceland

Variable 3 or less at first in west, otherwise northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north. Moderate or rough. Fog patches, rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Easterly 6 or 7 in far southeast, otherwise northerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times in far north. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Shipping forecast overview

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.

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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