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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 Wednesday 27 July 2016

There are warnings of gales in Trafalgar and Fitzroy.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low 260 miles west of Rockall 1008 expected Irish Sea 1007 by 1800 Thursday. Low Fair Isle 1003 moving away northwards

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southwesterly 4 or 5 increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty

Westerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later, then westerly 4 or 5 in Cromarty. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Forth, Tyne, Dogger

West backing south 4 or 5, becoming variable 4 later. Slight, occasionally smooth later. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Fisher, German Bight

West backing southeast later, 4 or 5. Slight, occasionally moderate for a time. Showers. Good

Humber

Variable mainly southeast 3 or 4, becoming southwest 4 or 5 for a time later. Slight, occasionally smooth later. Rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Thames, Dover, Wight

West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain later. Good, becoming moderate occasionally poor later

Portland, Plymouth, North Biscay

Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain until later. Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good later

South Biscay

Variable 4. Slight. Fair. Good

Trafalgar, South Fitzroy

Variable 4 in southeast Trafalgar, otherwise northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time. Slight in southeast Trafalgar, otherwise moderate or rough. Fair. Good

North Fitzroy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Westerly 4 or 5 increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later. Occasional rain until later. Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good later

Irish Sea

Southwest 4 or 5, backing southeast 5 or 6 for a time. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain until later. Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good later

Shannon

Westerly 5 or 6 occasionally 7 for a time, veering northerly 4 or 5 later in north. Moderate or rough. Rain. Moderate or poor

Rockall, Malin

Variable 4 at first in Malin, otherwise cyclonic 5 or 6, becoming north or northwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough in south Rockall. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Hebrides, Bailey

North or northwest 4 or 5 increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time in south. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Southeast Iceland

Variable 4 in far west, otherwise northerly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very 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).

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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