The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0405 UTC on Tuesday 26 July 2016
There are warnings of gales in Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at midnight
Low just north of Fair Isle 1004 expected Faeroes 1002 by midnight tonight
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Westerly, backing southerly or southwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in Viking. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
West or southwest 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate at first. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Fisher, German Bight
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate in Fisher. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate
Variable becoming southwest, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Showers. Good
Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland
West or southwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight. Rain or drizzle later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
West or southwest 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate. Rain or drizzle, fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, or very poor later
Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly 4 or 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Fair. Good
Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good
Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good
Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good
Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
West or southwest, veering northwest later in Irish Sea, 4 or 5. Smooth or slight in Irish Sea, otherwise slight or moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
West 4 or 5. Moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
West, veering northwest later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate
West 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate
West or southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
West backing southwest, then becoming cyclonic later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first
Variable 3 or less at first in west, otherwise northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north. Moderate or rough. Fog patches, rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Easterly 6 or 7 in far southeast, otherwise northerly 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times in far north. Moderate or rough. 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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