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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 Tuesday 02 September 2014

There are warnings of gales in Bailey and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

High Baltic sea 1026 slow-moving, intensifying 1031 by midday tomorrow. New low expected south Fitzroy 1011 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor

South Utsire

Westerly backing southerly, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

South or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Tyne, Dogger

South or southeast, 3 or 4. Slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Fisher

Variable becoming southeast, 3 or 4. Slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate

German Bight, Humber

East or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate

Thames, Dover, Wight

East or northeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Portland, Plymouth

East or northeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Biscay

Easterly or northeasterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in south. Rough becoming moderate. Mainly fair. Mainly good

Southwest Fitzroy

Cyclonic becoming westerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Rough becoming moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

Northeast Fitzroy

Easterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Rough becoming moderate later. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

Sole

East 4 or 5. Rough becoming moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet

Mainly east, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

Irish Sea

Variable, mainly southeast, 3 or 4. Slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate

Shannon

South or southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Moderate. Fair. Good

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides

South or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 except in Malin. Rough becoming moderate. Occasional rain later, except in Malin. Moderate or good

Bailey

Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Rough until later in west, otherwise slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in Southeast Iceland. Rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Cyclonic, becoming mainly west 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. 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).

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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