The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1130 UTC on Saturday 25 February 2017
There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at 0600
Low Denmark Strait 938 expected 250 miles southwest of Iceland 959 by 0600 tomorrow
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire
Southerly veering westerly for a time, gale 8 to storm 10, decreasing 5 to 7. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good
Southerly veering westerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Northwest Dogger
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 4 for a time. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first
Southeast Dogger, Fisher, Northwest German Bight
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Southeast German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover
Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Wight, Portland, Plymouth, North Biscay
Southwesterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Southeasterly, veering westerly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later
Southwesterly 4, increasing 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally moderate
Northwest Fitzroy, Sole
Southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
Southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
West 5 to 7, backing south or southwest 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
West 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8 for a time. Rough or very rough. Showers, rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor
Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Westerly backing southeasterly later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Bailey and Southeast Iceland. Very rough, occasionally high. Rain or showers. Good occasionally poor
Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)
Northerly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in northwest. Fair. 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).
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