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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 Friday 27 May 2016

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 150 miles west of south Fitzroy 1004 expected Fitzroy 1009 by 1800 Saturday

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4 later. Smooth or slight. Fog patches, showers later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

South Utsire

Easterly or southeasterly, 3 or 4 increasing 5 at times. Smooth or slight. Showers. Moderate or good

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Variable mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4 occasionally 5 later in Cromarty. Smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Fisher, German Bight, Humber

East or northeast 4 or 5. Smooth or slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Thames, Dover, Wight

Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Thundery showers for a time, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Portland, Plymouth

Variable becoming north or northeast 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Biscay

Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5 later. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers, fog patches in north. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north

South Trafalgar

Southwesterly 5 or 6, veering westerly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

North Trafalgar, South Fitzroy

Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

North Fitzroy, Sole

Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Variable mainly east or northeast, 3 or 4 occasionally 5 in Irish Sea. Smooth or slight. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

South Shannon

Easterly 5 or 6, veering southeasterly 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

North Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

Variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Showers, fog patches in Hebrides. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in Hebrides

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, but variable 3 or 4 in northeast. Slight or moderate. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly 5 to 7 in north, otherwise southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4. Mainly moderate. Occasional rain. 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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