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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 19 August 2018

There are warnings of gales in Trafalgar.

The general synopsis at 1800

Low Fisher 1010 expected estonia 1001 by 1800 Monday. New high expected Cromarty 1020 by same time

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first. Moderate, becoming slight or moderate. Showers. Good

South Utsire

Northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time in east. Moderate. Showers. Good

Forties

Northwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in northeast, then becoming variable later. Slight or moderate in east, slight throughout in west. Mainly fair. Good

Cromarty, Forth, Tyne

Variable, but mainly northwesterly at first, 3 or 4. Slight. Showers. Good, occasionally poor

Dogger

Northwest becoming variable, 3 or 4. Moderate at first in east, otherwise slight. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate

Fisher

Northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in northeast, but mainly 4 in southwest. Moderate, becoming slight later in southwest. Fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first

German Bight

West or northwest 5 or 6 decreasing 3 or 4. Moderate becoming slight. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally moderate at first

Humber

Northwest becoming variable, 3 or 4. Moderate at first in east, otherwise slight. Showers, fog patches in west. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west

Thames, Dover

Southwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate, becoming slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good

Wight, Portland, Plymouth

West or southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in Wight and Portland. Slight or moderate, becoming slight in Wight. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Biscay

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Fog patches in north. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in north

Trafalgar

Easterly 6 to gale 8 in far southeast, otherwise northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in northwest. Moderate, occasionally rough in far southeast and also in far northwest. Fair. Moderate or good

South FitzRoy

Northeasterly 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, becoming moderate later. Fair. Good

North FitzRoy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet

Westerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in Lundy and Fastnet. Slight or moderate in Lundy and Fastnet, but elsewhere moderate throughout. Drizzle, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Irish Sea

Variable 3 or 4. Slight, but occasionally moderate at first in south. Fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Shannon

West or southwest 3 or 4. Moderate. Drizzle, fog banks. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Rockall, Malin

Variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate in east Malin, but elsewhere moderate throughout. Drizzle and fog patches in south Rockall. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south Rockall

Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Westerly, backing southwesterly later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in Southeast Iceland. Moderate in Bailey, but elsewhere slight or moderate. Showers. Moderate or 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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