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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 Sunday 26 June 2016

There are warnings of gales in Trafalgar and Fitzroy.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low Denmark 1006 expected eastern Norwegian Basin 999 by midnight tonight. New low expected Iceland 993 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties

Northwesterly, backing westerly or southwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain, fog patches except in Forties. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor except in Forties

Southwest Forties, Cromarty

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southwesterly, then veering northwesterly later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Rain, fog patches at first in Cromarty. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, or very poor at first in Cromarty

Forth, Tyne

Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or southwest 5 or 6. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

Cyclonic, becoming west or southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first except in Fisher. Showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first in Thames. Rain, fog patches later except in Thames. Good, occasionally poor, or very poor later except in Thames

Plymouth, Biscay

West or northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 at times in Biscay. Slight, occasionally moderate. Rain, fog patches except in south Biscay. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor except in south Biscay

South Fitzroy

Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far south. Fair. Moderate or good

North Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall

Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times except in Sole and Fitzroy, occasionally 7 later in Rockall. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in north Shannon and Rockall, occasionally very rough later in Rockall. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

South 4 or 5, veering west 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough, or very rough later in Bailey. Rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Southerly, veering westerly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, but variable 3 at first in Fair Isle. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough except in Fair Isle. Rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, but variable 3 or 4 in southeast. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough, but slight in southeast. 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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