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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 Sunday 21 September 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Fisher and German Bight.

The general synopsis at midnight

High Rockall 1028 expected Fastnet with little change by midnight tonight

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

West Viking

Northwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good

East Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Northerly 7 or gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in South Utsire. Showers. Good

Forties

Northerly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 in west. Moderate occasionally rough. Showers. Good

Cromarty, Forth, Tyne

Northwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Good

Dogger

Northwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Fisher, German Bight

Northwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. Good

Humber, Thames, Dover

Northerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 later in Humber. Moderate, becoming rough in east Humber. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate at first

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle at first. Good, occasionally poor at first

Biscay

Variable 4, becoming northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Fitzroy

Southeasterly 4, backing northeasterly 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good

Northwest Fitzroy

Easterly 4 or 5. Moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

East or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Moderate or good

Irish Sea

Variable 3 or less. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good

Shannon

East, veering south, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Moderate. Fair. Good

Rockall

Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, then veering westerly 4 later in northwest. Moderate, occasionally rough in northwest. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Malin, Hebrides

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwest 5 or 6. Moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Bailey

South 4, increasing 5 to 7, then veering west. Moderate, becoming rough. Rain for a time. Good, becoming poor for a time

Fair Isle

Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Good

Faeroes

Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 5 or 6. Moderate, becoming rough in west. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good

Southeast Iceland

Southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, then veering southwesterly later. Moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough at first in northwest. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

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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