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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 1030 UTC on Sunday 23 November 2014

There are warnings of gales in Biscay, Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Shannon, Rockall, Hebrides, Bailey and Fair Isle.

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Bailey 1001 moving eastwards and losing its identity. New high expected southwest England 1025 by 0600 tomorrow

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties

Cyclonic, mainly southeasterly 5 to 7, becoming northwesterly 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Forties and Cromarty. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Forties, Cromarty and north Dogger. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames

Cyclonic becoming west or northwest, 5 to 6, occasionally 7 in Fisher and German Bight. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in Fisher and German Bight. Rain at times. Moderate or poor, becoming good later

Dover, Wight

Cyclonic becoming northwest, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor

Portland, Plymouth

North veering northeast 5 or 6. Rough in southwest Plymouth, otherwise moderate. Fair. Good

Southeast Biscay

Cyclonic 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Northwest Biscay, Southeast Fitzroy

Northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough, occasionally very rough at first. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 in west Sole. Slight in Irish Sea, otherwise moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Shannon, Rockall

Variable 4 in south Shannon at first, otherwise westerly 5 or 6, backing southerly 6 to gale 8 for a time. Rough or very rough. Rain later. Moderate or good


West 5 or 6, backing south 5 to 7 later. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good

Hebrides, Bailey

West or southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time. Rough or very rough. Squally showers, rain later. Moderate or good

Fair Isle

Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in Faeroes, becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in northeast. Showers, rain later. Moderate or good

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Cyclonic, 4 or 5 until later in southeast, otherwise 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate at first in southeast, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high in southwest. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or 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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