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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1725 UTC on Monday 16 January 2017

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, Rockall, Bailey and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

High Fitzroy 1036, dissipating by midday tomorrow. High southern Norway 1032 expected Holland 1038 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

North Utsire

Southerly 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Rain. Good, occasionally poor

South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, West Dogger

Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

East Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

Variable 4, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in eastern German Bight. Showers. Moderate or good

Thames, Dover, Wight

East 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Occasional rain or showers at first. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in Wight

Portland, Plymouth

North 5, veering east 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay, Southeast Fitzroy

North, veering northeast, 5 or 6. Moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Northwest Fitzroy

Variable 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far northwest. Showers. Good

West Sole

Southwesterly, backing southerly, 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

East Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Northwesterly 5, becoming variable 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally por

Irish Sea

Northwest, backing southwest, 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Shannon

Southwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Rockall

Southwest 5 or 6, backing south 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first

Malin, Hebrides

Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in Hebrides. Rough, occasionally very rough in Hebrides. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Bailey

Cyclonic, mainly southwesterly, 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly, becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers, rain or snow later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, but occasionally 3 later in south. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in south. 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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