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Shipping forecast

Shipping area forecast for the next 24 hours

Issued: 0405 on Sat 19 Apr 2014

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

There are warnings of gales in Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midnight

High southern Norway 1028 expected North Utsire 1024 by midnight tonight

Viking,

South 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later in east

North Utsire, South Utsire,

Southeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 2 or 3. Slight or moderate. Fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later

East Forties,

Easterly or southeasterly 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later

West Forties, Cromarty, Forth,

Southeasterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

Tyne, Dogger,

Southeast backing northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

Fisher,

East or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor later

German Bight, Humber, Thames,

Northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally slight. Showers. Good

Dover, Wight, Portland,

Northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally slight. Showers at first, rain later. Good, becoming moderate later

Plymouth, North Biscay,

Northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate, occasionally slight. Fair. Good

South Biscay,

Variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Showers. Moderate or good

South Fitzroy,

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally slight later. Showers. Moderate or good

North Fitzroy, Sole,

Easterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate, becoming rough later in west. Showers. Good

Lundy, Fastnet,

Northeast 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

Irish Sea,

Southeast 4 or 5, backing northeast 3 or 4. Slight. Fair. Good

Shannon,

East becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate, becoming rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate

Rockall,

Northerly 5 or 6 in northwest, otherwise variable 4. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in northwest. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Malin, Southeast Hebrides,

Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate

Northwest Hebrides, Southeast Bailey,

Northwesterly veering northeasterly 5 or 6. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Northwest Bailey,

Westerly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4. Very rough. Showers. Good

Fair Isle,

Southerly 4 or 5, veering northerly for a time in far northwest. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain in northwest. Good, occasionally moderate

Faeroes,

Westerly veering northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 later in far southeast. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Southeast Iceland,

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northwest. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Mainly good

Trafalgar, Issued: 2315 on Fri 18 Apr 2014 UTC

In south, westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. In north, variable 3 or 4. Moderate. In south, thundery showers. In north, 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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