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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 Thursday 26 March 2015

There are warnings of gales in Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Dogger 998 moving southeastwards and losing its identity. New low expected 300 miles west of Shannon 997 by 1800 Friday

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

South 3 or 4, veering west or southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties

Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4, backing southwesterly later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good

Fisher

Easterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 4, then westerly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good, occasionally poor at first

German Bight

Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northwest 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west. Rain at first. Good, occasionally poor at first

Humber, Thames, Dover

Northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4, backing south or southwest later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Showers at first. Good

Wight

Northwest backing south later, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

Portland, Plymouth, Biscay

Northwest backing south or southwest 4 or 5, veering west 5 or 6 later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Fair then rain with fog patches. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar

Northerly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

South Fitzroy

Westerly 4 or 5. Moderate. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor

North Fitzroy, Sole

Southerly 4 or 5 at first in Sole, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in west Sole. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor

Lundy, Fastnet

Northwest 3 or 4, backing south, then veering southwest later, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain with fog patches later. Good becoming poor or very poor later

Irish Sea

Northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 3 or 4, then southeast 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Good

Shannon

Variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic then southwest later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin

Southwest backing southeast later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Rockall. Rough. Showers. Good

Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Northwesterly at first in Fair Isle, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in Southeast Iceland. Rough or very rough. Showers. 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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