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Shipping forecast

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

at 1625 UTC on Wednesday 22 October 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, German Bight, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

High Biscay 1032 expected France 1025 by midday tomorrow. Complex low just southwest of Iceland 974 moving rather quickly away northeastwards.

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

South, veering southwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate, occasionally poor

North Utsire

Southerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

South Utsire

Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Tyne, Dogger

Southwest 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally slight later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Fisher

Northwest, backing southwest, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

German Bight

Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Rough becoming moderate. Fair. Good

Humber

Northwest, backing southwest, 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Fair. Good

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

Northwest, backing southwest, 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Rain or drizzle later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later

Plymouth

Northwest, backing southwest, 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle later. Good, becoming moderate or poor later

Biscay, Fitzroy

Variable, mainly southwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north. Moderate becoming good. Fair. Good

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southwest 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Shannon

Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. Rough, becoming very rough. Rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

Southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, becoming high. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough or very rough. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Faeroes

Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 later. Very rough or high. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Variable 4 or 5 in northwest, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in far south. Rough or very rough, occasionally high. Rain then thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Northeasterly 4 or 5, but 6 or 7 in southeast. Moderate or rough. Fair. 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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