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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1625 UTC on Monday 18 June 2018

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, Cromarty, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

Low 150 miles east of Iceland 977 expected Norwegian Basin 982 by midday tomorrow. New high expected Biscay 1027 by same time.

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers. Good

South Utsire

Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7. Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. Good

Forties, Cromarty, Forth

West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in Cromarty, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first. Fair. Good

Tyne, Dogger

Westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, backing southerly 3 or 4. Slight, becoming moderate. Occasional drizzle. Moderate or good

Fisher

Westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first. Showers. Good

German Bight, Humber

West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3. Slight becoming moderate in north. Fair. Good

Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 at times later. Slight or moderate. Fog patches later. Good, occasionally very poor later

Biscay

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Drizzle, fog patches in north. Good, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Cyclonic at times in southeast, otherwise northerly, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in southeast. Moderate or rough, but slight or moderate in far southeast. Occasional drizzle in northwest, showers in southeast. Moderate or good.

South FitzRoy

Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally 4. Moderate, occasionally rough in south. Fair. Good

North FitzRoy

Southwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough in north. Fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Moderate or rough. Drizzle, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Irish Sea

Southwesterly 5 or 6, but cyclonic 2 or 3 for a time. Slight or moderate. Drizzle, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Shannon

Cyclonic 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, becoming southwest later. Rough. Drizzle, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Rockall, Malin

Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, becoming cyclonic 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later in south. Rough or very rough. Drizzle, rain later. Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor in south

Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes

West 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 , decreasing 5 at times later. Very rough or high. Showers. Good

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic, mainly westerly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good

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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