AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE,

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY, AT 1725

UTC ON SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2017 FOR THE PERIOD 1800 UTC

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY TO 1800 UTC SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017

THERE ARE WARNINGS OF GALES IN FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH

TYNE DOGGER FISHER GERMAN BIGHT HUMBER THAMES DOVER

FITZROY SOLE LUNDY FASTNET IRISH SEA SHANNON ROCKALL

MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY FAIR ISLE FAEROES AND SOUTHEAST

ICELAND

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT MIDDAY

NEW LOW MOVING VERY RAPIDLY NORTHEASTWARDS, EXPECTED

MALIN 982 BY MIDDAY TOMORROW

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH UTSIRE

WESTERLY BACKING SOUTHERLY LATER, 5 TO 7, DECREASING 4

FOR A TIME. MODERATE OR ROUGH, OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH AT

FIRST. SHOWERS, RAIN LATER. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR LATER

FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH

WEST BACKING SOUTH LATER, 4 OR 5, INCREASING 6 TO GALE 8,

PERHAPS SEVERE GALE 9 LATER. MODERATE OR ROUGH. SHOWERS,

RAIN LATER. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR LATER

TYNE DOGGER FISHER

SOUTHWEST BACKING SOUTH LATER, 5 TO 7, OCCASIONALLY GALE

8. MODERATE OR ROUGH, OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH AT FIRST.

RAIN THEN SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR AT FIRST

GERMAN BIGHT HUMBER THAMES DOVER

SOUTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8. ROUGH, OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH.

OCCASIONAL RAIN. MODERATE OR GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

WIGHT PORTLAND PLYMOUTH

SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7, PERHAPS GALE 8 LATER. MODERATE OR

ROUGH, BECOMING ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. OCCASIONAL RAIN.

MODERATE OR GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

BISCAY SOUTHEAST FITZROY

SOUTHWESTERLY 5 OR 6, OCCASIONALLY 7 IN NORTH. MODERATE

OR ROUGH. OCCASIONAL RAIN OR DRIZZLE. MODERATE OR GOOD,

OCCASIONALLY POOR

NORTHWEST FITZROY SOLE LUNDY FASTNET IRISH SEA SOUTHEAST

SHANNON

WESTERLY OR SOUTHWESTERLY 6 TO GALE 8, INCREASING SEVERE

GALE 9, PERHAPS STORM 10 LATER. ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH,

BECOMING VERY ROUGH OR HIGH. OCCASIONAL RAIN OR DRIZZLE.

MODERATE OR POOR

NORTHWEST SHANNON ROCKALL

SOUTHWESTERLY 5 TO 7, BACKING SOUTHERLY 7 TO SEVERE GALE

9 FOR A TIME. VERY ROUGH OCCASIONALLY HIGH. RAIN OR

SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

MALIN HEBRIDES

WEST BACKING SOUTH, THEN BECOMING CYCLONIC LATER, 6 TO

GALE 8, PERHAPS SEVERE GALE 9 LATER. ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH.

SHOWERS, RAIN FOR A TIME. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

BAILEY

SOUTHWEST BACKING SOUTHEAST FOR A TIME, 5 TO 7,

INCREASING GALE 8 OR SEVERE GALE 9 FOR A TIME. VERY ROUGH

OR HIGH. RAIN OR SHOWERS. GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

FAIR ISLE FAEROES

WEST BACKING SOUTH FOR A TIME, 5 TO 7, OCCASIONALLY GALE

8. ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. RAIN OR SHOWERS. GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR

SOUTHEAST ICELAND

WESTERLY 6 TO GALE 8, BACKING SOUTHEASTERLY GALE 8 OR

SEVERE GALE 9 FOR A TIME. VERY ROUGH OR HIGH. RAIN OR