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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1725 UTC on Friday 09 December 2016

There are warnings of gales in Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

Atlantic low expected just northwest of Bailey 984 by midday tomorrow. New low expected Sole 1019 by same time.

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

North Utsire, South Utsire

Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Moderate. Rain then showers. Moderate or good

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Fisher, German Bight, Humber

West or southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate, occasionally very poor at first

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in Portland. Rain later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good

Plymouth

Southerly 5 or 6, but cyclonic 3 or 4 at times in northwest. Rough or very rough. Drizzle then rain. Good occasionally poor

Biscay

Southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 in far northwest. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest. Rain later. Moderate or good

Fitzroy

South, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 at times. Very rough, occasionally high for a time in west. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor, becoming good in west

Sole

Southwesterly veering northwesterly 3 or 4, but 5 or 6 at first in east. Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time in west. Occasional rain. Good occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon

Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in Shannon, veering west 4 or 5, occasionally 3 later. Rough or very rough, but mainly moderate in Irish Sea. Rain or showers. Good occasionally poor

Rockall

Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in northwest. High, occasionally very high in north. Showers. Moderate

Malin, Hebrides

South veering southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Hebrides. Very rough or high, occasionally very high in Hebrides. Showers. Moderate or good

Bailey

Southwest veering west later gale 8 to storm 10, but cyclonic for a time in northwest. High or very high. Showers. Moderate

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southwest, 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high. Showers. Moderate or good

Southeast Iceland

Southeasterly, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, but gale 8 or severe gale 9 at first in northwest. Rough or very rough, becoming high. Rain or showers. Good occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Easterly 6 to gale 8 at first in east, otherwise southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later.

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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