The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0405 UTC on Sunday 04 October 2015
There are warnings of gales in Plymouth, Biscay, Trafalgar, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Bailey and Southeast Iceland.
The general synopsis at midnight
New low moving rather quickly northeast expected Fastnet 991 by midnight tonight. New high expected Norwegian Sea 1021 by same time
The area forecasts for the next 24 hours
Viking, North Utsire
Westerly 3 or 4, backing southeasterly 4 or 5 later. Slight, occasionally moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Variable 3 or 4. Slight. Fair. Good
Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later. Fair. Good, occasionally moderate
Fisher, German Bight, Humber
Variable, becoming southeast, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Moderate or good
Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5 later. Smooth becoming slight, occasionally moderate later. Mainly fair. Moderate, occasionally poor at first
Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southeast 5 to 7. Smooth becoming slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Fair then occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
East or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, then veering south. Slight becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in Plymouth. Fair then rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor
Cyclonic, becoming southwest, 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Thundery rain. Good, occasionally poor
Sole, Lundy, Fastnet
East 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, then becoming cyclonic, then becoming southwest 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later. Fair then rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Variable 3 or 4, becoming east 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain later. Moderate or good
Shannon, Rockall, Malin
East or southeast 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Fair then occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor
South or southwest 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 or 6. Moderate, occasionally rough in northwest. Rain at times. Moderate or good
South 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, then backing southeast 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Rain at times. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later
Southwest 3 or 4, backing southeast 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate
Faeroes, Southeast Iceland
Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in Southeast Iceland. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in Southeast Iceland. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor
Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)
South 6 to gale 8, veering southwest 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Thundery rain. Good, occasionally poor.
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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