The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1030 UTC on Sunday 25 September 2016
There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, Hebrides, Fair Isle and Faeroes.
The general synopsis at 0600
Low mid Atlantic 994 expected just west of Sole 1004 by 0600 tomorrow. New low expected Southeast Iceland 996 by same time. New high expected northeast France 1025 by that time. Low Hebrides 989 moving away northwards
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, East Forties
Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in Viking and North Utsire, veering southwesterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Thundery rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor
West Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, West Dogger
Southwesterly 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good
East Dogger, Fisher, German Bight
Southerly 5 to 7, veering southwesterly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate. Showers. Mainly good
South veering southwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Rain at first. Good, occasionally moderate at first
Dover, Wight, Portland
West backing southwest 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough. Showers. Good
Plymouth, Northwest Biscay
Westerly backing southerly later, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later
Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good
Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southwesterly 5 to 7 later in north and west. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good
Northwest Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
Westerly backing southerly later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough, occasionally very rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
Southwest backing south later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later
Westerly becoming cyclonic 5 to 7. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor
West backing southwest 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Mainly good
Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes
Cyclonic becoming southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, except in Bailey. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Good occasionally moderate
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
Northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough in north. Mainly fair. 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).
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