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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2315 UTC on Sunday 26 March 2017

There are warnings of gales in Fitzroy.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Fitzroy 999 slow-moving, filling 1005 by 1800 Monday. High Forties 1028 dissipating

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

South Utsire

Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in southeast. Moderate. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5 later in Cromarty. Moderate in northeast Forties, otherwise slight. Fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Fisher

Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in northeast. Moderate in northeast, slight in southwest. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

German Bight

Variable 3 or 4. Slight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Humber, Thames

East or northeast 3 or 4. Slight. Fog patches developing in Humber. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in Humber

Dover, Wight, Portland

East or northeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Moderate at first in Wight and Portland, otherwise slight. Fair. Moderate or good

Plymouth, Biscay

East or southeast, veering south 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate, but rough at first in west Biscay. Fair. Good

Trafalgar

Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 later in southeast. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good

Fitzroy

Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in west, becoming southwesterly 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

East or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate in Lundy, otherwise moderate or rough. Thundery showers developing in Sole. Good, occasionally poor in Sole

Irish Sea

East 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate. Fair. Good

Shannon, Rockall

Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in Shannon. Moderate or rough. Showers later in Shannon. Good, occasionally poor later in Shannon

Malin

Southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Rough becoming moderate. Fair. Good, occasionally poor

Hebrides, Bailey

Variable 3 or 4, becoming east 4 or 5. Rough becoming moderate. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Fair Isle

Variable becoming east 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Moderate or rough, but slight east of northern isles. Fog patches, drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Westerly 5 or 6 veering easterly 4 or 5. Rough becoming moderate. Fog patches, drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

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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