The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2315 UTC on Sunday 30 April 2017
There are warnings of gales in Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet and Shannon.
The general synopsis at 1800
Low Portland 995 expected southern England 1006 by 1800 Monday. New high expected Trafalgar 1022 by same time. Low Shannon 993 losing its identity
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Southeasterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good
Northeast Viking, North Utsire
Southeasterly 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good
South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight
Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Moderate or rough. Showers in Tyne and Dogger. Moderate or good
Southeast 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later, then backing east later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good
South 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Cyclonic, mainly west 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time. Rain or thunery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
West 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Thundery showers then rain. Good, occasionally poor
Northerly 4 or 5 in southeast, southwesterly 4 or 5 in northwest. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good
Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor in north
Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
Westerly gale 8 or severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7. High becoming rough or very rough. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor
Cyclonic 4 or 5 at first in north, otherwise northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in south Fastnet. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in south Fastnet, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
East or northeast 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Good
Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 5 or 6. Very rough or high, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
Cyclonic becoming southeast 5 or 6. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
Malin, Hebrides, Bailey
Southeast 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good
Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Southeasterly 5 to 7. 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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