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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 Wednesday 27 May 2015

The general synopsis at 0600

Low Iceland 998 expected Bailey 995 by 0600 tomorrow. Developing low 100 miles west of Shannon expected Fisher 995 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Westerly backing southwesterly, then backing southeasterly later, 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough for a time. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Southwest backing south 5 or 6, veering west 5 to 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Fisher

Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in northeast, backing southerly 5 or 6, veering westerly 5 to 7 later. Moderate. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

German Bight, Humber

West 4 or 5, backing south then veering west later 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Variable 4, becoming west or southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Biscay

Variable 4, but northeasterly 4 or 5 in far southeast, becoming northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5 for a time in north and east. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Moderate or good

South Fitzroy

Northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

North Fitzroy, Sole

Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time in north Sole. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or good

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 or 6 occasionally 7 for a time. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough for a time. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Shannon

West or southwest 5 to 7, veering northwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough. Rain at first. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Rockall, Malin, Hebrides

West or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Bailey

Westerly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later, veering northwesterly 4 or 5 later in north. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. Good

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, but becoming variable 4 later in north Faeroes. Moderate or rough. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic, becoming northeasterly later in northwest 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later in southeast. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north and in far southeast. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Moderate or 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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