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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2315 UTC on Saturday 29 August 2015

There are warnings of gales in Trafalgar.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low northwest Hebrides 1003 expected Fair Isle 1012 by 1800 Sunday. Low 150 miles west of Trafalgar 1009 expected just west of Trafalgar 1010 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher

Southwesterly 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4, then northeasterly 4 or 5 in southeast Dogger later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Showers. Good

German Bight, Humber

Southerly or southwesterly backing northeasterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times later in south. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in Thames and Dover, becoming variable 4 later. Slight or moderate. Rain or thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Plymouth

Northeast 4 or 5. Moderate in south and west, otherwise slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay

Variable or cyclonic 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar

In east, easterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later, otherwise variable or cyclonic 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches. Good, occasionally very poor

Southeast Fitzroy

In northwest, northeasterly 4 or 5, otherwise variable 4. Slight or moderate. Thundery rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole

Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in Fitzroy. Moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor in southeast

Lundy, Fastnet

Variable, becoming north later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight or moderate, becoming slight in Lundy. Showers. Good

Irish Sea

Southwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 4. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Showers. Good

Shannon, South Rockall

Southwesterly becoming variable, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Moderate. Showers. Good

North Rockall, Malin, Hebrides

Southwesterly veering northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in Hebrides, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate or rough in Hebrides, otherwise moderate. Showers. Good

Bailey

Northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 4 later in west. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Fair Isle

Southwesterly, becoming cyclonic later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west. Moderate in east, moderate or rough in west. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Faeroes

Cyclonic, becoming north, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Northeasterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate. Showers. 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).

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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