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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 13/07/2014 03:42
FPUK71 EGRR 130300

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 0505

UTC ON SUNDAY 13 JULY 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 0600 UTC SUNDAY

13 JULY TO 0600 UTC MONDAY 14 JULY 2014

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT MIDNIGHT

LOW 150 MILES SOUTH OF ICELAND 1000 EXPECTED JUST SOUTH

OF ICELAND 999 BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT NEW LOWS EXPECTED

DENMARK 997 AND ROCKALL 1002 BY SAME TIME LOW HEBRIDES

1003 LOSING ITS IDENTITY

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING

SOUTHEAST BECOMING VARIABLE THEN NORTHWEST LATER 3 OR

4 SLIGHT OR MODERATE FOG PATCHES MODERATE

OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH UTSIRE

EASTERLY 3 OR 4 BACKING NORTHERLY 4 OR 5 LATER SLIGHT

SHOWERS LATER MODERATE OR GOOD

FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH TYNE DOGGER

SOUTHEAST BECOMING VARIABLE THEN NORTHWEST LATER 3 OR

4 OCCASIONALLY 5 IN CROMARTY SLIGHT RAIN OR SHOWERS

FOG PATCHES MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

FISHER

EAST 3 OR 4 BACKING NORTHWEST 5 TO 7 LATER SLIGHT OR

MODERATE OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG PATCHES IN SOUTHWEST

MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR IN SOUTHWEST

GERMAN BIGHT

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 BECOMING NORTHWEST 5 TO 7 LATER SLIGHT

BECOMING MODERATE LATER RAIN LATER FOG PATCHES IN WEST

MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR IN WEST

HUMBER THAMES

SOUTH VEERING NORTHWEST 3 OR 4 OCCASIONALLY 5 IN

THAMES SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE IN THAMES THUNDERY

SHOWERS FOG PATCHES MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

DOVER WIGHT PORTLAND PLYMOUTH

WEST OR SOUTHWEST VEERING NORTHWEST 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6

AT TIMES SLIGHT OR MODERATE RAIN WITH FOG PATCHES

BECOMING MAINLY FAIR MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

BECOMING MAINLY GOOD

BISCAY NORTH FITZROY

WESTERLY OR NORTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR MODERATE

OCCASIONAL DRIZZLE FOG PATCHES MODERATE OR GOOD

OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

SOUTH FITZROY

NORTHERLY 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 IN EAST MODERATE FAIR

GOOD

SOLE LUNDY FASTNET IRISH SEA

NORTHWEST BACKING SOUTHWEST LATER 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6

AT TIMES MODERATE DRIZZLE LATER GOOD OCCASIONALLY

MODERATE LATER

SHANNON

WEST 3 OR 4 BACKING SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 LATER MODERATE

OCCASIONALLY ROUGH LATER RAIN LATER GOOD BECOMING

MODERATE OR POOR LATER

ROCKALL

WEST BACKING SOUTHWEST THEN BECOMING CYCLONIC LATER 4

OR 5 INCREASING 6 AT TIMES MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH

LATER SHOWERS THEN RAIN GOOD BECOMING MODERATE OR POOR

LATER

MALIN HEBRIDES

WEST BACKING SOUTH LATER 4 OR 5 MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

BAILEY

SOUTHWEST 4 OR 5 MODERATE RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR

GOOD

FAIR ISLE FAEROES SOUTHEAST ICELAND

CYCLONIC BECOMING MAINLY SOUTHERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR

MODERATE RAIN OR SHOWERS FOG PATCHES MODERATE OR GOOD

OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR
Current North Atlantic Chart from The Ocean Prediction Centre
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