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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1625 UTC on Thursday 11 February 2016

There are warnings of gales in Viking, Biscay, Fitzroy, Sole, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

New low expected Portland 988 by midday tomorrow. Low Bailey 998 moving steadily away northwest

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking

Northeast 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate. Showers then fair. Good

North Utsire

Northeasterly 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first. Fair. Good

South Utsire

Easterly 5, decreasing 3 or 4. Moderate or rough, becoming smooth or slight. Fair. Good

Forties, Cromarty

Easterly 5 to 7, but 4 at first in southwest Forties. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Forth

Variable 3 or 4, becoming east 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Tyne, Southwest Dogger

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good

Northeast Dogger

Variable 4, becoming easterly 5 or 6. Moderate. Showers. Good

Fisher

Easterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 4. Moderate or rough, becoming slight. Showers. Good

Northeast German Bight

Variable 4, becoming easterly 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Southwest German Bight, Humber, Thames

Variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Dover, Wight

Southwest 4, backing southeast 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Moderate or good

Portland

Southwest 4, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Plymouth

Southwest 4, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, then becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay, Fitzroy, Sole

West 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet

Cyclonic 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Irish Sea

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Showers. Good

Shannon

Cyclonic 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin

East 5 or 6, but 4 at first in Malin. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in Rockall. Showers. Moderate or good

Hebrides, Bailey

Southeasterly, veering easterly, 6 to gale 8, but cyclonic 4 or 5 at first in south Bailey. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good

Fair Isle

East or northeast 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate later. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Easterly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8. Rough, occasionally very rough. Wintry showers. Moderate or good

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

West 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Rough, occasionally very rough at first in north. Occasional rain. 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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