AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE, ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY, AT 1725 UTC ON SATURDAY 23 JANUARY 2021 FOR THE PERIOD 1800 UTC SATURDAY 23 JANUARY TO 1800 UTC SUNDAY 24 JANUARY 2021

THERE ARE WARNINGS OF GALES IN PORTLAND PLYMOUTH BISCAY FITZROY SOLE LUNDY FASTNET SHANNON BAILEY FAEROES AND SOUTHEAST ICELAND

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT MIDDAY

LOW ROCKALL 995 EXPECTED WIGHT 993 BY MIDDAY TOMORROW. LOW FAEROES 979 SLOW-MOVING, FILLING 987 BY SAME TIME. NEW LOW EXPECTED HEBRIDES 991 BY THAT TIME. LOWS FITZROY 999 AND GERMAN BIGHT 990 LOSING THEIR IDENTITIES

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH UTSIRE

SOUTHERLY OR SOUTHWESTERLY, 3 TO 5. MODERATE, OCCASIONALLY ROUGH IN VIKING. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH TYNE DOGGER

WEST, BECOMING CYCLONIC IN FORTIES, 3 TO 5. MODERATE, OCCASIONALLY ROUGH AT FIRST IN FORTIES AND CROMARTY. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

FISHER GERMAN BIGHT HUMBER

CYCLONIC, MAINLY NORTHWEST, 3 TO 5. SLIGHT OR MODERATE. SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

THAMES DOVER WIGHT

NORTHWEST BECOMING CYCLONIC, 4 TO 6. SLIGHT OR MODERATE, OCCASIONALLY ROUGH LATER IN WEST WIGHT. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

PORTLAND PLYMOUTH

NORTHWEST 4, BECOMING CYCLONIC 5 TO 7, BECOMING NORTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8 LATER. MODERATE OR ROUGH, BECOMING ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH LATER. SHOWERS. GOOD OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

BISCAY

CYCLONIC 6 TO GALE 8 AT FIRST IN SOUTHWEST, OTHERWISE VARIABLE 3, BECOMING WESTERLY 5 TO 7, OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 LATER. ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. RAIN OR SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

FITZROY

WESTERLY, BECOMING CYCLONIC LATER IN SOUTHWEST, 5 TO 7, INCREASING GALE 8 AT TIMES. ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

SOLE

CYCLONIC 4 TO 6, BECOMING NORTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8. ROUGH BECOMING VERY ROUGH. SHOWERS. GOOD

LUNDY

CYCLONIC 4 TO 6, BECOMING NORTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8 LATER. MODERATE OR ROUGH, OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH LATER IN SOUTH. SHOWERS. GOOD

FASTNET

CYCLONIC 4 TO 6, BECOMING NORTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8. MODERATE OR ROUGH, BECOMING ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. SHOWERS. GOOD

IRISH SEA

CYCLONIC, 4 TO 6. SLIGHT OR MODERATE. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

SHANNON

NORTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8. ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

ROCKALL MALIN

CYCLONIC 5 TO 7 AT FIRST IN SOUTH, OTHERWISE NORTHWESTERLY 5 TO 7, PERHAPS GALE 8 LATER IN NORTH. MODERATE OR ROUGH IN EAST MALIN, OTHERWISE ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

HEBRIDES

WEST 4 TO 6, BECOMING CYCLONIC 5 TO 7 LATER. ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

BAILEY

CYCLONIC 6 TO GALE 8, INCREASING SEVERE GALE 9 FOR A TIME IN FAR NORTHWEST. VERY ROUGH, OCCASIONALLY HIGH IN NORTHWEST. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

FAIR ISLE FAEROES

WEST 4 OR 5, BECOMING CYCLONIC 4 TO 6, INCREASING 7 OR GALE 8 IN FAEROES. MODERATE OR ROUGH IN SOUTHEAST FAIR ISLE, OTHERWISE ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH. WINTRY SHOWERS. GOOD, OCCASIONALLY POOR

SOUTHEAST ICELAND