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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 Tuesday 17 October 2017

There are warnings of gales in Fisher, German Bight, North Utsire and Viking.

The general synopsis at 1800

High Southeast Iceland 1018 expected 300 miles northeast of Iceland 1020 by 1800 Wednesday. Low South Utsire 999 moving away eastwards. Low Fitzroy 1008 losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Northerly 6 to gale 8, veering northeasterly, then southeasterly later, 5 to 7. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Fair. Good

South Utsire, Northeast Forties

Northerly or northwesterly veering southeasterly later, 5 to 7. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Southwest Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Northerly 5 or 6, veering easterly then southeasterly later, 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Tyne, Dogger

West 5 or 6 becoming variable 4, then southeast 4 or 5 later. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Fisher, German Bight

West 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4, then southeast 5 or 6 later. Rough becoming moderate. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Humber, Thames

West becoming variable 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

East 5 or 6, becoming variable, mainly south 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay

Cyclonic 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar

Westerly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Moderate or good

Fitzroy

Cyclonic becoming southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in northwest. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Moderate or good

Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

East becoming cyclonic, then south later, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Mainly good

Irish Sea

Variable 3 or 4, becoming east or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight, occasionally moderate later. Showers. Good

Shannon, Rockall

Southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Rockall. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

Malin, Hebrides

East 4 or 5, veering southeast 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good

Bailey

Southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good

Fair Isle

North veering east or southeast later, 5 or 6. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate. Fair. Good

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Variable 4, becoming southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough. Showers. Mainly 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.

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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