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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 Wednesday 22 October 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, Rockall, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Southeast Iceland 980 expected 400 miles north of Faeroes 974 by 1800 Thursday. New low expected just west of Bailey 981 by same time. High Biscay 1030 expected south Germany 1025 by that time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

South or southwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Occasional rain. Moderate, occasionally poor

North Utsire

Southerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

South Utsire

Southerly or southwesterly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

West or southwest 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Humber

Southwest 5 or 6. Moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate

Thames, Dover

West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

West or southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay

Mainly south or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain in north. Good, occasionally poor in north

Trafalgar

Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7 in far southeast, otherwise variable 3 or 4. Moderate or rough. Showers. Moderate or good

Fitzroy

Variable 3 or 4 in south, otherwise southwesterly, veering northwesterly later in west, 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

West or southwest 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon

Southwesterly veering westerly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north. Rough, becoming very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northwest. Very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Malin

Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Very rough, occasionally high. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly becoming cyclonic, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough or very rough, occasionally high. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

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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