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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 Saturday 25 October 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

Low 150 miles south of Iceland 968 expected just northeast of Faeroes 971 by midday tomorrow. High west Fitzroy 1023 dissipating

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later, decreasing 5 or 6 for a time later in northwest Viking. Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times in Forties and Cromarty. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough except in Forth. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher

Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in Fisher. Fair. Good

German Bight, Humber

West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Thames, Dover

Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

South or southwest 4 or 5. Rough in southwest Plymouth, otherwise slight or moderate. Fair. Good

Biscay

Variable 3 or 4, becoming east or southeast 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

South Fitzroy

Easterly or northeasterly, veering southerly or southeasterly, 4 or 5. Rough. Fair. Good

North Fitzroy

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Rough, occasionally very rough later in far north. Fair. Good

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in Sole and southwest Fastnet. Fair. Good

Irish Sea, Shannon

Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough in Irish Sea, very rough or high in Shannon. Rain at times. Moderate or good

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 until later except in Malin, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times in north Rockall, far northwest Malin, south Hebrides, far north Bailey, south Fair Isle and north Faeroes. Very rough or high, becoming very high for a time except in Malin. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 at times, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time. Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Variable 3 or 4, but easterly 5 or 6 in far southeast. Moderate, becoming rough later in north. 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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