The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1030 UTC on Sunday 04 October 2015
There are warnings of gales in Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Bailey and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at 0600
Low Fitzroy 993 expected southeast Ireland 991 by 0600 tomorrow. Low mid Atlantic 986 expected 100 miles west of Fitzroy 986 by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Variable becoming southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Variable becoming southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later. Slight becoming moderate or rough later. Occasional rain later. Moderate or good
Fisher, German Bight
Variable, becoming southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later. Fair. Moderate or good
Humber, Thames, Dover
Variable, becoming south or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate later. Rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Southeast veering south later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Fair then occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
Portland, Plymouth, Biscay
Southeast veering south or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor
Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9 at first in north, otherwise southwesterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain or thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor
Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Southeast becoming cyclonic, then south or southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor
Southeast 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 later. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough later. Fair then rain. Good, occasionally poor
Southeast 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
Southeast backing east 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Malin. Moderate or rough. Rain later. Mainly good
South backing southeast later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Fair Isle, Faeroes
South or southwest backing southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Showers. Mainly good
Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Thundery rain. 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).
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