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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 Saturday 24 June 2017

There are warnings of gales in Viking, Forties, Cromarty, Rockall, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Faeroes 978 expected Viking 982 by 0600 tomorrow

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

Southwest becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

North Utsire, South Utsire

West or southwest, becoming cyclonic, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Forties, Cromarty

West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northeast Forties. Showers. Moderate or good

Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

West or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in northeast Dogger, Fisher and north German Bight, occasionally very rough later in Fisher. Showers. Moderate or good

Humber

West or southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Biscay

Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 at first in north, otherwise variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good

South Fitzroy

Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good

North Fitzroy, Sole

Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good

Lundy, Fastnet

West 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good

Irish Sea

Southwesterly, veering westerly or northwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Slight, occasionally moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good

Shannon

West or southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin

Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in far northeast Rockall, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in north. Showers. Good

Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in Hebrides and Fair Isle, becoming northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in Hebrides, Fair Isle and Faeroes, then moderate at times later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in Hebrides and Fair Isle

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

North or northeast 5 or 6. Moderate. Showers. 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).

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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