The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2315 UTC on Sunday 26 March 2017
There are warnings of gales in Fitzroy.
The general synopsis at 1800
Low Fitzroy 999 slow-moving, filling 1005 by 1800 Monday. High Forties 1028 dissipating
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire
Variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in southeast. Moderate. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5 later in Cromarty. Moderate in northeast Forties, otherwise slight. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in northeast. Moderate in northeast, slight in southwest. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Variable 3 or 4. Slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
East or northeast 3 or 4. Slight. Fog patches developing in Humber. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in Humber
Dover, Wight, Portland
East or northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Moderate at first in Wight and Portland, otherwise slight. Fair. Moderate or good
East or southeast, veering south 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate, but rough at first in west Biscay. Fair. Good
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 later in southeast. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in west, becoming southwesterly 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor
Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
East or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate in Lundy, otherwise moderate or rough. Thundery showers developing in Sole. Good, occasionally poor in Sole
East 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Good
Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in Shannon. Moderate or rough. Showers later in Shannon. Good, occasionally poor later in Shannon
Southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Rough becoming moderate. Fair. Good, occasionally poor
Variable 3 or 4, becoming east 4 or 5. Rough becoming moderate. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Variable becoming east 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Moderate or rough, but slight east of northern isles. Fog patches, drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Westerly 5 or 6 veering easterly 4 or 5. Rough becoming moderate. Fog patches, drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
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).
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