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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 0405 UTC on Monday 22 December 2014

There are warnings of gales in all areas except Forth, Biscay and FitzRoy.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low east Iceland 967 expected Southeast Iceland 975 by midnight tonight

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty

Westerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in north Viking and North Utsire. Squally showers, perhaps thundery later. Good, occasionally moderate

Forth

Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good

Tyne, Dogger

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming westerly 5 or 6 in north Tyne and north Dogger. Moderate or rough, becoming slight in Tyne. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Fisher, German Bight, Humber

West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Thames, Dover

Southwest 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Biscay

Southwesterly 5 or 6 in north, otherwise variable 4. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in northwest. Occasional drizzle in north. Good, occasionally moderate in north

South Fitzroy

Northeasterly veering southerly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate

North Fitzroy, Sole

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in west Sole. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon

Southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time in Shannon. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin

Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north Rockall and at first in south Malin. Very rough or high. Rain, showers later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good

Hebrides

Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north. High or very high. Squally showers. Moderate or poor

Bailey, Fair Isle, South Faeroes

West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first in north Bailey and south Faeroes. Rough or very rough in east Fair Isle, otherwise very high becoming high. Squally wintry showers, perhaps thundery later. Moderate or poor

North Faeroes

West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 later. Very high becoming high. Squally wintry showers, perhaps thundery later. Moderate or poor

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly, becoming cyclonic, 7 to severe gale 9. High or very high, becoming very rough. Squally wintry showers, perhaps thundery later. Moderate or poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Easterly 6 to gale 8 far southeast, otherwise northeasterly veering southeasterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in south. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate.

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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