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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0405 UTC on Thursday 26 April 2018

There are warnings of gales in FitzRoy, Sole and Shannon.

The general synopsis at midnight

Low 400 miles west of Fitzroy 1018 expected Sole 994 by midnight tonight. New low expected Bailey 1005 by same time. Low Faeroes 995 losing its identity

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Cyclonic 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Moderate, occasionally slight. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber

West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, but occasionally 7 at first in Forth. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Thames, Dover

West or southwest 5 to 7, backing south 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good

Wight, Portland

West 5 or 6, backing southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in Portland. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later

Plymouth, Northwest Biscay

Westerly 4 or 5, backing southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Southeast Biscay

Variable 4, becoming southeasterly 4 or 5, veering westerly 5 to 7 later. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good

Trafalgar (issued 2315 UTC)

Variable 3 or 4 in far southeast, otherwise northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Rain later. Good, occasionally moderate.

South FitzRoy

Northerly, backing westerly or northwesterly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor

North FitzRoy, Sole

Westerly 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later. Rough, becoming very rough or high, occasionally very high later in Fitzroy. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet

West 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in Fastnet. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Irish Sea

West 5 to 7, becoming variable 4, then east 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later. Thundery showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon

Westerly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in south. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in north. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall, Malin

West or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes

Cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or 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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