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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 Friday 31 October 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Sole, Fastnet, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 0600

Low 320 miles west of Rockall 974, expected 120 miles south of Iceland 968 by 0600 tomorrow. New low moving rapidly northeastwards, expected just west of Rockall 993 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, veering southwesterly 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne

South veering southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

South veering southwest 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough in Fisher. Fog patches, occasional rain in Fisher. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

South veering southwest later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Moderate or good

Plymouth, North Biscay

Southerly veering southwesterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor

South Biscay

Southeasterly veering westerly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain later. Moderate or good

Southeast Fitzroy

Southerly or southwesterly, veering northwesterly for a time, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain later. Moderate or good

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole

Southerly at first in east, otherwise westerly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in Fastnet. Moderate or rough. Rain for a time. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Shannon

Southwest 5 to 7, backing south 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

South or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Rockall and Bailey. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Easterly 7 to severe gale 9 at first in northern Southeast Iceland, otherwise southeasterly veering southerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Rain or showers. Good occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

In southeast, easterly 6 to gale 8 . In northwest, southerly 5 to 7, veering westerly or northwesterly 5 or 6. In southeast, moderate. in northwest, moderate at first, otherwise rough. In southeast, fair . In northwest, rain at times. In southeast, good. In northwest, good occasionally 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).

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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