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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

at 1030 UTC on Wednesday 28 January 2015

There are warnings of gales in all areas except Biscay, Trafalgar and FitzRoy.

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Iceland, 971, expected Norwegian Basin 958 by 0600 tomorrow.

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Cyclonic for a time, but mainly westerly, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Viking and South Utsire. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

West 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough. Snow showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fisher, German Bight

South 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough. Rain then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Humber, Thames

Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough. Rain at first, then wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Dover, Wight

Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, veering west 6 to gale 8. Rough. Rain then showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally poor

Portland, Plymouth

West 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in Plymouth. Showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay, Fitzroy

West or northwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Sole

West or northwest 6 to gale 8. Very rough or high. Showers. Moderate or good

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

West 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, becoming high in Fastnet. Showers, wintry later. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon

West or northwest 7 to severe gale 9. High or very high. Wintry showers. Moderate or poor

Rockall, Malin

West veering north or northwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm force 10 at first. High or very high. Wintry showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor

Hebrides, Bailey

Northwest gale 8 to storm 10. High or very high. Wintry showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor

Fair Isle

Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale at first in south, decreasing 5 at times later. High or very high. Snow showers. Good, occasionally poor

Faeroes

Westerly, becoming cyclonic or northerly later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in south. High or very high. Snow showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Westerly 3 or 4, backing northerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Very rough or high. Snow showers. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

North or northwest 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. 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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