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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 Monday 02 March 2015

There are warnings of gales in Tyne, Dogger, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey and Fair Isle.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low 150 miles southwest of Iceland 975 expected 150 miles west of Bailey 977 by midnight tonight

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

West or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good

Tyne, Dogger

West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good

Fisher

West or southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Squally showers. Good

German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good

Plymouth, North Biscay

Westerly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Good

South Biscay

Westerly 4 or 5, becoming variable 4. Rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

South Fitzroy

Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 becoming variable 4, then cyclonic 5 or 6 in southwest later. Rough. Rain. Moderate or poor, occasionally good in north

North Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Irish Sea

West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good

Shannon

West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Very rough or high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall

Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later. Very rough or high, becoming high or very high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Malin

Southwest 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough or high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Hebrides

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 in southwest later. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Bailey

Southwest becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Mainly rough in north at first, otherwise very rough or high. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Faeroes

Southwest 5 to 7. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high in southwest. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming variable 4. Rough or very rough. Rain or snow. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Northerly 5 in southeast and southwesterly 5 in far northwest, otherwise variable 4. Moderate or rough. Showers. Moderate or 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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