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Shipping forecast

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

South Utsire

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

South Biscay

Southeasterly, veering westerly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Southeast Fitzroy

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

Shannon, Rockall

West 5 to 7, backing south or southwest 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Malin, Hebrides

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).

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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