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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0505 UTC on Monday 11 December 2017

There are warnings of gales in Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Trafalgar, FitzRoy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low north Biscay 964 expected southern Denmark 980 by midnight tonight. Low Fitzroy 981 losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Northwest Dogger

Cyclonic 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Southeast Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

Variable 3 or 4, becoming northeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Thames

East 5 to 7, backing northeast 7 to severe gale 9. Moderate becoming rough. Rain or snow. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Dover, Wight

Northeast backing north 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10, backing northwest 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain or sleet. Moderate or poor

Portland, Plymouth

North 7 to severe gale 9, backing northwest 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time in south. Rain then showers. Moderate or poor, becoming good

Biscay, FitzRoy

North or northwest gale 8 to storm 10 occasionally violent storm 11 at first in Biscay, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high, occasionally very high at first. Squally thundery showers. Poor, becoming moderate or good

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Southwesterly at first in southeast, otherwise northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first. Very rough or high. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

North 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, backing northwest 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Mainly good

Irish Sea

North backing northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in south. Moderate or rough in south, slight or moderate in north. Showers. Good

Shannon, Rockall

North backing south later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Malin, Hebrides

North 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 4 or 5 later. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. Mainly good

Bailey

North backing south later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Fair Isle

Cyclonic, mainly north, 5 to 7. Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Northerly 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then southerly 5 or 6 later. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor

Shipping forecast and gale warnings

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 shown on the map.

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.

Caution: The internet is not part of the Maritime Safety Information system and should never be relied upon as the only means to obtain the latest forecast and warning information. Access to the service may be interrupted or delayed from time to time, updates may also be delayed. Please refer to GMDSS services, INMARSAT SafetyNET or international NAVTEX for the latest information. When using these web pages, always check that the page on your screen is not from your cache. Use the Refresh or Reload button if in any doubt.

 

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