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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 Friday 19 December 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 250 miles north of shetland 971 moving away eastwards

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties

Westerly veering northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough or high. Squally showers. Moderate

Cromarty, Forth, Tyne

West veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Good

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

West veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough or high. Squally showers. Moderate

Thames

Westerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in north. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in far northeast. Showers. Good

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

West or northwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Biscay, Fitzroy

West or northwest 5 to 7, becoming variable 4. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Sole

Northwesterly backing westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east at first. Very rough. Fair. Good

Lundy, Fastnet

West or northwest 5 to 7. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good

Irish Sea

Northwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Shannon

Northwesterly backing southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north at first. High, becoming very rough. Showers. Good

Rockall

Northwest 7 to severe gale 9 backing southwest 5 to 7. High or very high, becoming very rough. Squally showers. Moderate or good

Malin, Hebrides

West or northwest 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 5 to 7. High or very high, becoming very rough. Squally wintry showers. Moderate or good

Bailey

West 7 to severe gale 9 backing southwest 5 to 7. High or very high, becoming very rough. Squally showers then fair, rain in west later. Moderate or good

Fair Isle

West veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 for a time later. Very rough or high, but very high for a time in west. Squally wintry showers. Moderate or good

Faeroes

Westerly veering northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 for a time later, then decreasing 5 to 7, and becoming variable 4 in west. Very rough or high, but very high for a time in south. Squally wintry showers then fair. Moderate or good

Southeast Iceland

Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 becoming variable 4, then southeasterly 5 or 6 in west later. Rough or very rough, but high at first in south. Squally wintry showers then mainly fair. Moderate or good

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

North or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near portugal. Moderate becoming rough later in north. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate.

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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