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yellow Warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom

Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

at 1030 UTC on Saturday 28 March 2015

There are warnings of gales in all areas except Trafalgar, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 0600

Low northeast Rockall 982 expected Norwegian Sea 969 by 0600 tomorrow

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Southeasterly gale 8 to storm 10, veering westerly 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later. Rough or very rough, becoming high in Viking and North Utsire for a time. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

South veering west or southwest, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5. Rough, occasionally very rough at first, becoming slight or moderate later. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

South veering west or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate, occasionally rough. Rain at times. Good, occasionally poor

Thames, Dover, Wight

Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in Dover and Wight later. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first

Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, North Fitzroy

Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Rough, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high in Plymouth later. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

South Fitzroy

Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate, becoming rough in north. Rain for a time. Moderate or good

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

West or southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high, but mainly moderate in north Irish Sea. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later

Shannon

Westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10. Very rough becoming high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin

Westerly or southwesterly, becoming cyclonic then northwesterly, 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time in Rockall. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in south Rockall. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Hebrides

Northwest backing west 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time. Very rough becoming rough. Showers. Moderate or good

Bailey

Northwesterly backing southwesterly, becoming cyclonic later, 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 in southwest later. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Southeast becoming cyclonic then northwest, 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic mainly westerly or northwesterly, 5 or 6. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Rain then wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

North 5 or 6. 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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