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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

at 2315 UTC on Saturday 24 January 2015

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 1800

High northwest Fitzroy 1036 expected 120 miles southwest of Fitzroy 1036 by 1800 Sunday. New low moving steadily northeast, expected 200 miles northeast of Iceland 951 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Westerly backing southwesterly for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north. Rough or very rough. Rain then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher

Westerly or northwesterly backing southwesterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Showers then occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover

Northwest backing southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Northwest 3 or 4, backing southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in southwest Plymouth. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Biscay

Northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southwesterly 4 or 5 later in north. Moderate or rough. Rain later in north. Good, occasionally poor later in north

Trafalgar, South Fitzroy

Northeasterly backing northerly 5 or 6. Moderate becoming rough. Mainly fair. Moderate or good

North Fitzroy, Sole

Southerly 4 or 5, veering southwesterly 5 or 6. Rough or very rough. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southwest 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in Fastnet. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later

Shannon

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northwest, veering westerly 5 or 6 later. Very rough, becoming rough in southeast. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

Southwesterly veering westerly later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, except in Malin. Very rough or high, becoming very high in north Bailey. Rain, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Southwesterly veering westerly later, 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in west. Very rough or high. Rain then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Southerly or southwesterly veering westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later in Southeast Iceland. Very rough or high, becoming high or very high. Rain then squally wintry showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally 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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