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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 26 October 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Southeast Iceland 963 expected Norwegian Sea 968 by midnight tonight. New low expected Southeast Iceland 986 by same time. High northern Spain 1024 dissipating

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, veering westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Very rough or high. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

South Utsire

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 3 later in north. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally 6 later. Rough, occasionally very rough except in Forth. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

Southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good

Thames

Southwest, backing south later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Southwest, backing south, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good

Biscay, Fitzroy

Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, veering southwesterly later in west Fitzroy. Rough, becoming moderate. Fair. Good

Sole

Southwest, backing south, 5 to 7. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southwest, backing south, 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west Fastnet. Occasional rain and drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later

Shannon

Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, backing south 5 to 7. Very rough, occasionally high at first. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Northwest Rockall

Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 veering westerly 5 to 7. High or very high, becoming rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor, occasionally good

Southeast Rockall, Malin

Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9. Very high, becoming rough or very rough. Rain. Moderate or poor

Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in south Hebrides later. Very high, becoming very rough. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Very high, becoming rough or very rough. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Southeast 4 or 5. 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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