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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1130 UTC on Monday 19 February 2018

There are warnings of gales in Bailey and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at 0600

New low moving steadily southeast, expected Tyne 1017 by 0600 tomorrow

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Northeast Forties

Easterly or southeasterly, veering southerly in Viking, 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain later. Good, occasionally poor later

Southwest Forties, Cromarty

Southeasterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Forth, Tyne, West Dogger

Variable 4, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in Tyne. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

East Dogger

Southeasterly 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor

Fisher

East 5 to 7. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor

German Bight

Cyclonic 4 or 5. Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in north. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor

Humber

Cyclonic 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later in west. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Thames, Dover

South 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Smooth or slight. Rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Wight, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Southeast FitzRoy

Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Slight or moderate in Wight, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough except in Portland. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate or rough. Fair. Good.

Northwest FitzRoy, Sole

Southwesterly veering northerly, then northeasterly later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Rough or very rough. Fog patches, fair later. Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later

Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

West 3 or 4, veering north or northwest 5 or 6. Slight or moderate in Irish Sea, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough. Rain, fog patches, fair later. Moderate, occasionally very poor, becoming good later

Shannon

Southwesterly at first in southeast, otherwise northwesterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Very rough. Rain at first. Poor, becoming good

Rockall

West 5 to 7, occasionally 4 later. Very rough or high. Rain then showers. Poor, becoming good

Malin, Hebrides

Southwest 5, veering west or northwest 5 or 6. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in west. Rain then showers. Poor, becoming good

Bailey

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north. Very rough or high. Showers. Good

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Southeast veering west, 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high in Faeroes. Rain then showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor

Southeast Iceland

Southeasterly veering southwesterly, 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high. Rain then showers, wintry later. 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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