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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 1625 UTC on Tuesday 05 May 2015

There are warnings of gales in all areas except Cromarty, Forth and Trafalgar.

The general synopsis at midday

Low southern Scotland 982 slow-moving, filling 988 by midday tomorrow. New low expected Fair Isle 975 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties

Cyclonic at first in Viking and Forties, otherwise southeasterly veering southerly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough later in northwest Viking. Rain then showers, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first

Cromarty, Forth

Northeast at first in Cromarty, otherwise south, veering northwest later, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

South or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, North Biscay

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 except in north Biscay, perhaps storm 10 later in Thames and Dover. Moderate or rough in west Humber, otherwise rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good

South Biscay, South Fitzroy

Westerly 5 or 6 becoming variable 3 or 4, then southeasterly 5 or 6 later in southwest Fitzroy. Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough. Showers then fair. Moderate or good

North Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Lundy. Very rough or high at first in east Sole, otherwise rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in east Sole

Irish Sea

South or southwest, veering northwest later, 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough for a time. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon, South Rockall

Northwesterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

North Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

Cyclonic at first in Malin, otherwise northeasterly backing northerly, 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Northeasterly 5 to 7 becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in west. Moderate becoming rough or very rough, then high later in west. Rain. Good, occasionally poor

Faeroes

Northeast 5 to 7 backing north 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later. Moderate or rough becoming very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Northeasterly backing northerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in east, decreasing 5 in west. Rough or very rough, becoming high later in far east. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers. 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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