The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2315 UTC on Sunday 01 May 2016
There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Trafalgar, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at 1800
Low just west of Bailey 979, expected 120 miles east of Iceland 978 by 1800 on Monday
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire
Southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Viking and North Utsire, veering southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Rain at times. Moderate or poor, becoming good
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher
South 5 to 7, veering west or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth
South or southwest, veering west or northwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in west Plymouth. Rain at times. Good, occasionally poor
Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly or northwesterly 5 at times in north. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in far northwest. Rain at times. Moderate or good
Trafalgar, Southeast Fitzroy
Easterly 7 or gale 8 in far southeast Trafalgar, otherwise northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight. Fair. Moderate or good
Northwest Fitzroy, Sole
Southwesterly, veering westerly or northwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate becoming rough. Rain at times. Moderate or good
Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea
South or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering west 4 or 5, occasionally 6. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight. Occasional rain at first, then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good
Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides
Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in south Rockall and far north Hebrides. Rough or very rough. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor at first
Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first, becoming west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Very rough or high, becoming rough for a time. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor
South or southeast 6 to gale 8, veering west or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Rain then squally showers. Good, occasionally poor
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Cyclonic, becoming westerly or southwesterly, 4 or 5 at times near iceland, otherwise 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times. Moderate at times near iceland, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high. Rain or squally wintry showers. 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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