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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 22/10/2014 04:39
FPUK71 EGRR 220300

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 0505

UTC ON WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 0600 UTC

WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBER TO 0600 UTC THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER 2014

THERE ARE WARNINGS OF GALES IN VIKING NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH

UTSIRE FORTIES DOGGER FISHER GERMAN BIGHT HUMBER THAMES

DOVER ROCKALL MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY FAIR ISLE FAEROES AND

SOUTHEAST ICELAND

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT MIDNIGHT

HIGH FITZROY 1033 EXPECTED WESTERN FRANCE 1029 BY

MIDNIGHT TONIGHT NEW LOW EXPECTED 100 MILES EAST OF

ICELAND 975 BY SAME TIME LOW SOUTHEAST FISHER 994 MOVING

AWAY SOUTHEAST

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING

NORTHWEST BACKING SOUTH 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE 8

LATER VERY ROUGH OR HIGH BECOMING ROUGH FAIR THEN

RAIN GOOD BECOMING MODERATE OR POOR

NORTH UTSIRE

NORTHWESTERLY BACKING SOUTHERLY 6 TO GALE 8 DECREASING 4

OR 5 FOR A TIME VERY ROUGH OR HIGH RAIN LATER GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR LATER

SOUTH UTSIRE FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH TYNE

NORTHWESTERLY BACKING SOUTHWESTERLY 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY

GALE 8 IN SOUTH UTSIRE AND FORTIES AT FIRST ROUGH OR

VERY ROUGH BECOMING MODERATE OR ROUGH MAINLY FAIR THEN

RAIN MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR LATER

DOGGER FISHER GERMAN BIGHT HUMBER THAMES

NORTHWEST 7 TO SEVERE GALE 9 BACKING SOUTHWEST 5 OR 6

VERY ROUGH OR HIGH BECOMING MODERATE OR ROUGH SQUALLY

SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

DOVER WIGHT PORTLAND

NORTHWEST 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 IN DOVER AT FIRST

BACKING SOUTHWEST 4 OR 5 MODERATE OR ROUGH BECOMING

SLIGHT OR MODERATE FAIR GOOD

PLYMOUTH

NORTHWEST BACKING SOUTHWEST 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6

MODERATE OR ROUGH DRIZZLE LATER MODERATE OR GOOD

BISCAY

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 MODERATE OR ROUGH FAIR GOOD

SOUTH FITZROY

NORTHEASTERLY 4 OR 5 BECOMING VARIABLE 3 OR 4 MODERATE

OR ROUGH FAIR GOOD

NORTH FITZROY

VARIABLE 4 BECOMING SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 ROUGH

OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH AT FIRST MAINLY FAIR GOOD

SOLE LUNDY FASTNET IRISH SEA

WEST BACKING SOUTHWEST 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 MODERATE

OR ROUGH OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH IN SOLE AT FIRST

DRIZZLE LATER MODERATE OR GOOD

SHANNON

SOUTHWESTERLY 5 OR 6 OCCASIONALLY 7 IN NORTH ROUGH

OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH IN NORTH OCCASIONAL RAIN LATER

MODERATE OR GOOD

ROCKALL MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY

SOUTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8 ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH OCCASIONALLY

HIGH IN BAILEY RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR

FAIR ISLE

WEST OR NORTHWEST 5 OR 6 BACKING SOUTH OR SOUTHWEST 6 TO

GALE 8 ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH FAIR THEN RAIN GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR

FAEROES SOUTH SOUTHEAST ICELAND

SOUTHERLY VEERING SOUTHWESTERLY 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE

8 ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH OCCASIONALLY HIGH LATER RAIN

THEN SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

NORTH SOUTHEAST ICELAND

EASTERLY OR SOUTHEASTERLY BECOMING CYCLONIC 5 TO 7

OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 ROUGH RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR

GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR
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