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Shipping forecast

Shipping area forecast for the next 24 hours

Issued: 1625 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

The shipping forecast, issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

There are warnings of gales in Fitzroy, Sole, Fastnet and Shannon.

The general synopsis at midday

Low Sole 1009 moving northwest and losing its identity by midday tomorrow. New low expected west Sole 994 by same time

Southwest Viking,

Southeasterly 5 or 6, backing easterly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough, becoming slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good

Northeast Viking, North Utsire, North South Utsire,

Variable becoming northeasterly, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Fair. Good

South South Utsire, Northeast Forties,

Easterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good

Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger,

Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate. Rain, fog banks. Poor or very poor

Fisher,

East 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming slight in south. Fair. Moderate or good

German Bight,

East 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Humber, Thames,

Northeast 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Dover, Wight, Portland,

Northeast backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Plymouth, Biscay,

Westerly 5 to 7 in south Biscay until later, otherwise variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor

Fitzroy, Sole,

West or southwest, backing south or southeast for a time, 5 or 6, increasing 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough, becoming very rough. Rain or thundery showers. Good occasionally poor

Lundy,

Variable 4, becoming southeast 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Fastnet,

Mainly southeast 5 or 6, increasing 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in southwest. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good

Irish Sea,

East 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers later. Good

Shannon,

Cyclonic, mainly southeast 5 to 7, increasing 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in south. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey,

South or southeast 4 or 5, backing east 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in Rockall. Moderate, occasionally rough in Rockall. Showers. Moderate or good

Fair Isle, Faeroes,

Southeast backing east 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Southeast Iceland,

Cyclonic, mainly southeasterly 4 or 5. Moderate. Occasional rain, becoming fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar, Issued: 2315 on Wed 23 Apr 2014 UTC

Westerly or southwesterly veering northwesterly 5 or 6. Rough, occasionally very rough at first. Rain or thundery 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).

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