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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 0505 UTC on Saturday 23 February 2019

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

The general synopsis at midnight

New low moving rapidly northwards expected 400 miles north of Southeast Iceland 968 by midnight tonight

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 except in South Utsire, veering southwesterly 4 or 5 later. Slight or moderate in South Utsire, otherwise moderate or rough. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

South 5 to 7, veering southwest 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Forties and Cromarty. Rain for a time, fog patches except in Cromarty and Forth. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor except in Cromarty and Forth

Fisher, German Bight

Southerly veering southwesterly, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor

Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland

Southeast 4 or 5, becoming variable, mainly south, 3 or 4. Moderate or rough in Portland, otherwise smooth or slight, occasionally moderate, except in Thames. Fog patches at first. Moderate, occasionally poor, but occasionally very poor at first

Plymouth, Biscay

Southeast 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate or rough. Fog patches later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Easterly backing northerly later in southeast, otherwise southerly or southeasterly, 4 or 5. Rough, occasionally very rough in northwest. Occasional rain in northwest. Good, occasionally poor.

FitzRoy, Sole

Southerly backing southeasterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in west, becoming variable 4 for a time. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in west. Rain, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

Southeast veering southwest for a time, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in Irish Sea, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in Fastnet. Occasional rain, fog patches developing. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor

Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides

South or southwest, backing southeast later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in Rockall and Hebrides. Very rough or high, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally poor


South gale 8 to storm 10, veering southwest 6 to gale 8, then backing southeast 5 to 7 later. High, becoming very rough later. Showers. Moderate or poor

Fair Isle

Southerly, veering southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in west. Moderate or rough in east, rough or very rough, occasionally high in west. Showers. Moderate or good

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Southerly, veering southwesterly, 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in Southeast Iceland, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high, occasionally very high in Southeast Iceland. Showers. Moderate

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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