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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 2315 UTC on Tuesday 03 March 2015

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

The general synopsis at 1800

High 200 miles west of Fitzroy 1034 expected Fitzroy 1042 by 1800 Wednesday. Low west Fair Isle 989 moving rather quickly southeast, losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Cyclonic becoming northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

West or northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first except in Forth and Tyne, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough except in Forth and Tyne. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames

West veering northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in German Bight and Humber. Moderate or rough. Squally wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

West veering northwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Very rough until later in southwest Plymouth, otherwise moderate or rough. Squally showers then fair. Moderate or good

Biscay

Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 in west. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers then fair. Moderate or good

Trafalgar

Northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in south. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

South Fitzroy

Northeasterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Showers then fair. Moderate or good

North Fitzroy, Sole

Northwesterly 5 to 7 becoming variable 4, then southwesterly 5 or 6 in west. Very rough or high, becoming rough. Squally showers then fair. Good, occasionally poor at first

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

West or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in Irish Sea, backing west or southwest 4 or 5. Very rough or high at first in southwest Fastnet, otherwise moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good, occasionally poor at first

Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

Northwest backing southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in Rockall, Malin and Hebrides, decreasing 5 for a time. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough for a time. Squally showers then fair, occasional rain later. Moderate or poor

Fair Isle

Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in south, backing westerly 4 or 5, then southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later. Very rough or high at first in far west, otherwise rough or very rough. Squally showers then fair, rain later. Good, occasionally poor at first

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Northwesterly 5 to 7 backing westerly 4, then southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in Southeast Iceland. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers, rain later. 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).

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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