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Shipping forecast

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

at 2315 UTC on Saturday 20 September 2014

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Fisher and German Bight.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low south Fitzroy 1009 expected just west of Trafalgar 1014 by 1800 Sunday. High Rockall 1027 expected Fastnet with little change by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

West Viking

Northwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good

East Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Northwesterly 5 or 6, veering northerly 6 to gale 8. Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later in South Utsire. Showers. Good

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in east Forties and east Dogger. Moderate, becoming rough in east Forties and east Dogger. Showers. Good

Fisher, German Bight

North 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Rain and drizzle then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first

Humber, Thames, Dover

Northerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in east Humber. Moderate, becoming rough in east Humber. Occasional drizzle then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Northeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Showers, fog patches at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first

Biscay

Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough at first in northwest. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Southeast Fitzroy

Southeasterly 4, backing northeasterly 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good

Northwest Fitzroy

Easterly 4 or 5. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Northeast 4 or 5, veering east 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Showers then fair. Moderate or good

Irish Sea

Northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first in south. Fair. Good

Shannon

East, veering south, 4 or 5. Moderate. Fair. Good

Rockall

Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough in northwest. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Malin, Southeast Hebrides

Variable, becoming southwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Moderate. Fair. Good

Northwest Hebrides, Bailey

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in Bailey. Moderate, becoming rough in Bailey. Fair, rain later in Bailey. Good, occasionally poor later in Bailey

Fair Isle

Northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in east, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasional rough at first in east. Showers. Good

East Faeroes

Northwesterly, backing southerly, 4 or 5. Moderate. Showers at first. Good

West Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in Southeast Iceland. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later

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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