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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 Sunday 23 November 2014

There are warnings of gales in Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Shannon, Rockall and Bailey.

The general synopsis at 1800

High northwest Fitzroy 1024 expected southeast England 1028 by 1800 Monday. Lows Fair Isle 1007 and South Utsire 1007 both losing their identities

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Cyclonic at first in north, otherwise northwesterly backing southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty

Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in Cromarty. Squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Forth, Tyne, Dogger

West 5 or 6, decreasing 4. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in northeast Dogger. Mainly fair. Good

Fisher, German Bight

West or northwest 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Humber, Thames

Northwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good

Dover

Northwest veering east 4 or 5. Slight. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Plymouth. Fair. Good

Southeast Biscay

Cyclonic 4 or 5. Rough, becoming moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Northwest Biscay, Trafalgar, Southeast Fitzroy

Cyclonic in southeast Trafalgar, otherwise northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in southeast Fitzroy and Trafalgar. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Variable 3 or 4, but southwesterly 5 or 6 in far northwest Fitzroy and west Sole for a time. Moderate or rough. Showers in northwest Fitzroy and west Sole. Good

Irish Sea

West or southwest 4 or 5. Slight. Showers later. Good

Shannon, Rockall

South 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later in Shannon. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Malin, Hebrides

West backing south for a time, 5 to 7. Rough, occasionally very rough in west. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Bailey

South 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 5 to 7. Rough, becoming very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or good

Fair Isle

Variable 4 at first in north, otherwise northwesterly backing westerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west. Showers. Moderate or good

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Westerly or southwesterly backing southerly or southeasterly for a time, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or 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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