The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0405 UTC on Tuesday 01 December 2015
There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Fisher, German Bight, Dover, Wight, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at midnight
New low expected Southeast Iceland 972 by midnight tonight
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Northwesterly 5 to 7, backing southeasterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Showers then occasional rain. Good becoming poor
Forties, Cromarty, Forth
West 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in Forties, backing south or southeast 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in Forties. Showers then rain. Good, occasionally poor
Variable 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor
Fisher, German Bight
Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Rain for a time. Good, becoming moderate or poor
Variable 4, becoming southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first. Rain then drizzle. Good, occasionally poor
Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth
West, backing southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in Dover and Wight. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in Plymouth. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor
Southwesterly 5 or 6. Rough, occasionally very rough at first. Fair. Good
South Biscay, Southeast Fitzroy
Variable 4, becoming southerly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good
Northwest Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in west Sole. Rain and drizzle. Moderate, occasionally poor
South, veering southwest, 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Rain at times. Good, occasionally poor
Shannon, South Rockall
Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, veering westerly 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high. Rain, showers later. Moderate or poor
North Rockall, Malin
Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough becoming high. Rain, showers later. Moderate or poor
Southeasterly, veering westerly or southwesterly, 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, becoming high. Rain, wintry showers later. Moderate occasionally poor
Fair Isle, Faeroes
Variable 4, becoming southeasterly 7 to severe gale 9, then veering westerly or southwesterly. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Fair then rain. Good becoming poor
Southeasterly, becoming cyclonic, 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Occasional sleet. Good, occasionally poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
South or southeast 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. 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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