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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 2315 UTC on Sunday 30 April 2017

There are warnings of gales in Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet and Shannon.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Portland 995 expected southern England 1006 by 1800 Monday. New high expected Trafalgar 1022 by same time. Low Shannon 993 losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Southwest Viking

Southeasterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Northeast Viking, North Utsire

Southeasterly 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good

South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

Easterly or southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first. Moderate or rough. Showers in Tyne and Dogger. Moderate or good

Humber, Thames

Southeast 6 or 7, decreasing 4 or 5 later, then backing east later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good

Dover

South 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Cyclonic, mainly west 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time. Rain or thunery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Biscay

West 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Thundery showers then rain. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar

Northerly 4 or 5 in southeast, southwesterly 4 or 5 in northwest. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good

Fitzroy

Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor in north

West Sole

Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

East Sole

Westerly gale 8 or severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7. High becoming rough or very rough. Rain or squally showers. Good, occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet

Cyclonic 4 or 5 at first in north, otherwise northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in south Fastnet. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in south Fastnet, becoming moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Irish Sea

East or northeast 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Good

Shannon

Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing south 5 or 6. Very rough or high, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall

Cyclonic becoming southeast 5 or 6. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

Southeast 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good

Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Southeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. 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).

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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