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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 Saturday 20 October 2018

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

The general synopsis at midday

High southwest England 1032 expected Germany 1030 by midday tomorrow. Low Denmark Strait 973 moving northeastwards and losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire

Southerly veering southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north. Moderate or rough. Rain or drizzle. Good, occasionally poor

South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth

Southwesterly veering westerly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally moderate

Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good


Southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later. Smooth or slight. Fair. Good

Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth

Variable, mainly northeast backing north later, 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good


Northeast 4 or 5. Moderate. Fair. Good

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

In southeast, cyclonic 5 or 6. In northwest, northeasterly 5 to 7. In southeast, moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate. in northwest, moderate or rough. In southeast, showers. In northwest, fair. In southeast, good. In northwest, good.


Variable 4 at first in far northwest, otherwise northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough. Drizzle in northwest. Good, occasionally poor in northwest


Variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly 5 to 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional drizzle and fog patches in west. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west

Lundy, Fastnet

Southwest 4 or 5, veering north 5 to 7 later. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Drizzle later. Good, occasionally poor later

Irish Sea

Southwest veering north later, 5 or 6. Slight or moderate. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally poor


Southwest veering north or northwest, 5 or 6. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, fog patches, fair later. Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later

Rockall, Malin

Southwest veering west later, 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Hebrides, Southeast Bailey

Southwesterly 5 to 7, veering westerly 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Northwest Bailey

Southwesterly veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9. High. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

Fair Isle

Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor


Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9 later. Very rough becoming high. Rain then showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9. High. Squally 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.

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