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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 Sunday 25 September 2016

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, Hebrides, Fair Isle and Faeroes.

The general synopsis at 0600

Low mid Atlantic 994 expected just west of Sole 1004 by 0600 tomorrow. New low expected Southeast Iceland 996 by same time. New high expected northeast France 1025 by that time. Low Hebrides 989 moving away northwards

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, East Forties

Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in Viking and North Utsire, veering southwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Thundery rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

West Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, West Dogger

Southwesterly 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

East Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

Southerly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good

Humber, Thames

South veering southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first

Dover, Wight, Portland

West backing southwest 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good

Plymouth, Northwest Biscay

Westerly backing southerly later, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Southeast Biscay

Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good

Southeast Fitzroy

Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southwesterly 5 to 7 later in north and west. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Westerly backing southerly later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough, occasionally very rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Irish Sea

Southwest backing south later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Shannon

Westerly becoming cyclonic 5 to 7. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor

Rockall, Malin

West backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Mainly good

Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes

Cyclonic becoming southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, except in Bailey. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Good occasionally moderate

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in north. Mainly 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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