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yellow Warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom

Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0505 UTC on Friday 24 February 2017

There are warnings of gales in Viking, Forties, Cromarty, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low 650 miles west of Rockall 976 expected 100 miles northwest of Iceland 941 by midnight tonight

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties

Northwesterly backing southerly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time, occasionally gale 8 later in Viking and Forties. Rough or very rough in Viking, otherwise moderate or rough. Snow showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor

Cromarty, Forth, Tyne

Northwest 4 backing south 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in Cromarty. Moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Wintry showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames

Northwest 5 to 7 decreasing 4, backing southwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate. Showers, rain later. Good

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Northwest backing southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 for a time, occasionally 7 later in Plymouth. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate except in south and west Plymouth. Fair. Good

Biscay

Northerly becoming variable 4, becoming easterly 5 later in southwest and southwesterly 5 later in north. Rough becoming moderate. Fair. Good

Southeast Fitzroy

Northeasterly 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 later. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Northwest Fitzroy, Sole

Variable 4 becoming southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in Sole. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough in Sole. Drizzle later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Northwest backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first, increasing 6 to gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first, then becoming very rough later in west Fastnet. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Shannon, Rockall

South or southwest 4 or 5 increasing 7 to severe gale 9. Rough, becoming very rough or high. Rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor

Malin, Hebrides

Northwest 4 or 5 backing south or southwest 7 to severe gale 9. Rough becoming very rough, then high later in west. Showers then rain. Good, occasionally poor

Bailey

Southerly 4 or 5 increasing 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in north. Rough, becoming very rough or high. Rain. Moderate or poor

Fair Isle

North 4 or 5 veering south or southeast 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate or rough becoming very rough or high. Snow showers then rain. Good, occasionally poor

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Southeasterly 5 to 7 increasing gale 8 to storm 10, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough becoming very rough or high. Snow showers then rain. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Northerly or cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Occasional drizzle then 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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