The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1725 UTC on Monday 16 January 2017
There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, Rockall, Bailey and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at midday
High Fitzroy 1036, dissipating by midday tomorrow. High southern Norway 1032 expected Holland 1038 by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Southerly 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Rain. Good, occasionally poor
South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, West Dogger
Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
East Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber
Variable 4, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in eastern German Bight. Showers. Moderate or good
Thames, Dover, Wight
East 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain or showers at first. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in Wight
North 5, veering east 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor
Biscay, Southeast Fitzroy
North, veering northeast, 5 or 6. Moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good
Variable 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far northwest. Showers. Good
Southwesterly, backing southerly, 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good
East Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Northwesterly 5, becoming variable 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally por
Northwest, backing southwest, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Southwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good
Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first
Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in Hebrides. Rough, occasionally very rough in Hebrides. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Cyclonic, mainly southwesterly, 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Fair Isle, Faeroes
Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Southwesterly, becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers, rain or snow later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, but occasionally 3 later in south. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in south. 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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