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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 Tuesday 30 June 2015

There are warnings of gales in Rockall, Bailey and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midnight

High German Bight 1023 expected Denmark 1024 by midnight tonight. Low 200 miles west of Shannon 989 expected 400 miles west of Rockall 993 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in Viking. Rain then mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

South Utsire

Variable, becoming southeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

South or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first in Forties and Dogger. Fair. Good

Fisher, German Bight

Variable, becoming southeasterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good

Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight

East or southeast 3 or less, increasing 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in Humber and Wight. Fair. Good

Portland, Plymouth, Biscay

East 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time, then becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Fitzroy

West or southwest 4 or 5. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in far northwest. Thundery rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Sole

South or southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Lundy, Fastnet

Southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate or rough. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Irish Sea

Southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon, Rockall, Malin

South 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in Rockall, decreasing 3 or 4. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough except in Malin. Rain then fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Hebrides, Bailey

East, veering south, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in Bailey, then decreasing 4 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in Bailey. Rain then fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in Faeroes. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Faeroes. Occasional thundery rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Southeast Iceland

Northeasterly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

West 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north. Mainly fair. 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).

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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