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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency,

at 0405 UTC on Thursday 02 July 2015

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire and Forties.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low west Fair Isle 1008 expected 150 miles east of Iceland 1011 by midnight tonight. New high expected Wight 1025 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties

Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 4 later in west Viking and Forties. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers, fog patches later in Viking and Forties. Moderate, occasionally very poor later in Viking and Forties

Southwest Forties, Cromarty

Southeasterly 5 or 6, veering southwesterly 4 or 5, then becoming variable 4 later. Moderate, becoming slight later. Thundery showers, fog patches later. Moderate, occasionally very poor later

Forth, Tyne

Southwest 4 or 5. Moderate, becoming slight later. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Dogger

Southeast 5 or 6, becoming variable 4. Moderate becoming slight. Thundery showers, fog patches later. Moderate, occasionally very poor later

Fisher, German Bight

Southeast, becoming cyclonic later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers and fog patches later. Moderate, occasionally very poor later

Humber, Thames

Southwest becoming variable, 4. Slight, occasionally moderate at first in Humber. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Cyclonic, mainly southwest, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers. Moderate, occasionally poor

Biscay, East Fitzroy

Westerly becoming variable, 4, then becoming easterly 4 or 5 later. Moderate. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

West Fitzroy, West Sole

Southwesterly 4 or 5, backing southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

East Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southwesterly, backing southeasterly later, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches in Irish Sea. Good, occasionally poor, but very poor at times in Irish Sea

Shannon

South 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Rockall

South backing southeast, 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally slight in northeast. Showers. Good

Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

Southerly 5 in southeast Malin, otherwise variable, becoming southeasterly later, 4. Slight or moderate. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in east Fair Isle. Thundery showers, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Westerly 3 backing southwesterly 4 or 5 in northwest, otherwise northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. 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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