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Shipping forecast

The shipping forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at 1725 UTC on Tuesday 18 December 2018

There are warnings of gales in Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Biscay, FitzRoy, Sole, Fastnet, Shannon, Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

The general synopsis at midday

Low Southeast Iceland 969 expected 270 miles west of Bailey 977 by midday tomorrow. New low expected Bailey 978 by same time.

The area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire

Southeasterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 later in southwest Viking. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in Viking. Rain. Good, occasionally poor

Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger

Southeast 6 to gale 8, veering south 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later in Forties and Cromarty. Rain. Good, occasionally poor

Fisher, German Bight

Southeast 6 to gale 8, veering south 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in Fisher. Rain. Good, occasionally poor

Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight

Southeast 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering southwest 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in Wight. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Portland, Plymouth

Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in Portland. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Biscay

Southwest veering west, 6 to gale 8. Very rough, occasionally rough at first in south. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Trafalgar (issued 0015 UTC)

Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, veering westerly 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good.

FitzRoy

Southwest veering west, 6 to gale 8. Very rough, occasionally high in north. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Sole

Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Very rough or high. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Lundy, Fastnet

West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in Fastnet. Rough or very rough, becoming high later in west Fastnet. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Irish Sea

Southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Moderate or rough. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Shannon

West 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. High, occasionally very rough at first. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Rockall

Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 5 to 7. Very rough or high, occasionally rough later in north. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Malin, Hebrides, Bailey

South 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor

Northeast Fair Isle

Southeasterly 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, veering southerly 5 or 6 later. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Rain. Good, occasionally poor

Southwest Fair Isle, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Easterly or southeasterly 7 or gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Showers. 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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