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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1625 UTC on Tuesday 30 August 2016

There are warnings of gales in North Utsire, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle and Faeroes.

The general synopsis at midday

Low 400 miles west of Bailey 985 moving rather quickly east and losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 increasing 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in northern North Utsire. Moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle at times. Good, occasionally poor

South Utsire

Westerly 3 or 4 backing southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate later. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

South veering southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in Cromarty. Slight or moderate. Rain for a time. Good, occasionally poor

Tyne, Dogger

South or southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Rain for a time later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Fisher, German Bight, Humber

Variable 3 or 4 becoming south or southwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate

Thames, Dover

Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Fair. Good, occasionally moderate

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 4 or 5 later. Slight, becoming slight or moderate. Drizzle later, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Biscay

Variable becoming northerly or northwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in east. Slight, becoming slight or moderate. Drizzle later in north. Good, occasionally poor later in north

Southeast Fitzroy

Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in south. Fair. Good

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole

Southerly veering westerly or northwesterly, 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate or rough, but occasionally very rough in west Sole. Rain or drizzle for a time. Good, occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southerly or southwesterly veering westerly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 except in east Lundy. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later in Fastnet. Rain or drizzle for a time. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon

South or southwest veering west, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 later. Rough, becoming very rough for a time in west and north. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first in east

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes

South veering west or southwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough in southeast Fair Isle, otherwise rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

North or northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Fair. 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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