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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 Wednesday 02 September 2015

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight and Fair Isle.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low southern Norway 1000 expected South Utsire 998 by midnight tonight. High 250 miles west of Rockall 1031 slow moving with little change

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

Northerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 later in west. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

North Utsire

Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

South Utsire

Northerly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty

Northwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good

Forth, Tyne

Northwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough, occasionally very rough. Showers. Good

Dogger

Northwest 5 to 7, backing west 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north. Showers. Good

Fisher

Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south. Moderate or rough. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

German Bight

West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Humber

West or northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north. Showers. Good

Thames

West 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Northwest 4 or 5. Slight. Showers. Good

Biscay

North or northeast 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers. Good

Southeast Fitzroy

Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 near portuguese coast. Rough near portugal, otherwise moderate. Fair. Good

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole

Northerly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Shannon, Rockall

North 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Malin, Hebrides

North 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Bailey

Variable at first in west, otherwise northerly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in east. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Fair Isle

Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. Very rough in east, otherwise moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Faeroes

Northerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in west. Rough in east, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Southeast Iceland

Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 4 or 5 later in west. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north. Showers. Good, occasionally poor in northwest

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 near portuguese coast. Rough near portugal, otherwise moderate. 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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