The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2315 UTC on Wednesday 27 July 2016
There are warnings of gales in Trafalgar and Fitzroy.
The general synopsis at 1800
Low 260 miles west of Rockall 1008 expected Irish Sea 1007 by 1800 Thursday. Low Fair Isle 1003 moving away northwards
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire
Southwesterly 4 or 5 increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty
Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later, then westerly 4 or 5 in Cromarty. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
Forth, Tyne, Dogger
West backing south 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 later. Slight, occasionally smooth later. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later
Fisher, German Bight
West backing southeast later, 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate for a time. Showers. Good
Variable mainly southeast 3 or 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5 for a time later. Slight, occasionally smooth later. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
Thames, Dover, Wight
West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain later. Good, becoming moderate occasionally poor later
Portland, Plymouth, North Biscay
Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain until later. Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good later
Variable 4. Slight. Fair. Good
Trafalgar, South Fitzroy
Variable 4 in southeast Trafalgar, otherwise northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Slight in southeast Trafalgar, otherwise moderate or rough. Fair. Good
North Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Westerly 4 or 5 increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Occasional rain until later. Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good later
Southwest 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 or 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain until later. Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good later
Westerly 5 or 6 occasionally 7 for a time, veering northerly 4 or 5 later in north. Moderate or rough. Rain. Moderate or poor
Variable 4 at first in Malin, otherwise cyclonic 5 or 6, becoming north or northwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough in south Rockall. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
North or northwest 4 or 5 increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Fair Isle, Faeroes
Cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time in south. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
Variable 4 in far west, otherwise northerly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor
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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