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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1625 UTC on Sunday 14 February 2016

There are warnings of gales in German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Biscay, Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Sole, Shannon, Rockall, Bailey, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

Low Sole 994 moving southeastwards and losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Northerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 for a time. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher

North or northeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 except in Fisher. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight

Northeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough. Rain or wintry showers, becoming fair in Wight. Good, occasionally poor

Portland, Plymouth

Northeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Showers. Good

Biscay

Northwest veering northeast 6 to gale 8. Very rough or high. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fitzroy

Northwesterly veering northerly gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 to 7, then veering southwesterly 5 later in northwest. High or very high, becoming rough or very rough later. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Sole

Northerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, then veering southerly 5 or 6 later in west. High, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. Good

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Northeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7, decreasing 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Irish Sea, otherwise very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Shannon

Northerly veering southerly later 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 for a time. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in south. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall

Northeast 5, becoming variable 3, then south 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later, perhaps storm 10 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor

Malin, Hebrides

North 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later, then south 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later in Hebrides. Rough, occasionally very rough. Wintry showers. Good

Bailey

Variable 4, becoming south 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later, perhaps storm 10 later. Rough, becoming very rough or high later. Wintry showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Northerly 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later, then southerly 5 or 6 later in west. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Northwesterly backing southerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later, occasionally severe gale 9 later in Southeast Iceland. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in southwest Faeroes and Southeast Iceland. Wintry showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

West veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally 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).

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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