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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 Friday 31 October 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Plymouth, Biscay, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey and Faeroes.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 180 miles west of Bailey 973 expected just south of Iceland with little change by 1800 Saturday. New low moving rather quickly northeast expected Rockall 992 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering southerly 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

South or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Fisher, German Bight

South veering southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Moderate or good

Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later in Humber, Wight and Portland. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in Portland. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Plymouth, Northwest Biscay

Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in west. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Southeast Biscay

Southerly veering northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Trafalgar

Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, but easterly 5 to 7 in far southeast. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Fitzroy, Sole

West or northwest 5 or 6, backing southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 to gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 for a time. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Shannon

West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time. Rain then showers. Moderate or good

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

South or southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in Faeroes, perhaps gale 8 later in Fair Isle. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Southerly or southwesterly but cyclonic in west, 5 to 7 perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Rain or 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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