The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0405 UTC on Wednesday 02 September 2015
There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight and Fair Isle.
The general synopsis at midnight
Low southern Norway 1000 expected South Utsire 998 by midnight tonight. High 250 miles west of Rockall 1031 slow moving with little change
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Northerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 later in west. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good
Northerly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Northwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good
Northwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough, occasionally very rough. Showers. Good
Northwest 5 to 7, backing west 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in north. Showers. Good
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south. Moderate or rough. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
West or southwest 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate
West or northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north. Showers. Good
West 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth
Northwest 4 or 5. Slight. Showers. Good
North or northeast 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers. Good
Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 near portuguese coast. Rough near portugal, otherwise moderate. Fair. Good
Northwest Fitzroy, Sole
Northerly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
North or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
North 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
North 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good
Variable at first in west, otherwise northerly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in east. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. Very rough in east, otherwise moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Northerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in west. Rough in east, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers. Good
Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 4 or 5 later in west. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north. Showers. Good, occasionally poor in northwest
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 near portuguese coast. Rough near portugal, otherwise moderate. 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).
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