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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 30/09/2014 11:20
FPUK71 EGRR 300900

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 1130

UTC ON TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 1200 UTC

TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER TO 1200 UTC WEDNESDAY 01 OCTOBER

2014

THERE ARE WARNINGS OF GALES IN ROCKALL HEBRIDES BAILEY

FAEROES AND SOUTHEAST ICELAND

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT 0600

COMPLEX LOW DENMARK STRAIT 956 SLOW MOVING FILLING 965

BY 0600 TOMORROW

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH UTSIRE

SOUTHERLY OR SOUTHEASTERLY 5 TO 7 PERHAPS GALE 8 LATER

MODERATE BECOMING ROUGH OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG PATCHES AT

FIRST MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR AT FIRST

FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH

SOUTH VEERING WEST OR NORTHWEST LATER 4 OR 5 INCREASING

6 FOR A TIME SLIGHT BECOMING MODERATE OCCASIONAL RAIN

FOG PATCHES MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

TYNE DOGGER

SOUTH VEERING WEST LATER 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OCCASIONAL

RAIN FOG PATCHES MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

FISHER NORTH GERMAN BIGHT

EASTERLY VEERING SOUTHERLY LATER 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6

IN FISHER SLIGHT OR MODERATE OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG

PATCHES MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

SOUTH GERMAN BIGHT HUMBER

SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG

PATCHES AT FIRST MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY

POOR AT FIRST

THAMES DOVER WIGHT PORTLAND PLYMOUTH NORTH BISCAY

SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR MODERATE RAIN LATER

MODERATE OR GOOD

SOUTH BISCAY

VARIABLE BECOMING NORTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4 MODERATE FAIR

GOOD

SOUTH FITZROY

NORTHERLY 3 OR 4 INCREASING 5 OR 6 MODERATE FAIR GOOD

NORTH FITZROY WEST SOLE

SOUTHWESTERLY VEERING NORTHWESTERLY LATER 4 OR 5

INCREASING 6 AT TIMES MODERATE OR ROUGH SHOWERS

MODERATE OR GOOD

EAST SOLE LUNDY

SOUTHERLY 5 OR 6 VEERING SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR

MODERATE OCCASIONAL RAIN MODERATE OR GOOD

FASTNET IRISH SEA

SOUTH VEERING SOUTHWEST THEN NORTHWEST LATER 4 OR 5

OCCASIONALLY 6 AT FIRST SLIGHT OR MODERATE OCCASIONAL

RAIN MODERATE OR GOOD

SHANNON

WEST OR SOUTHWEST VEERING NORTHWEST FOR A TIME 5 TO 7

MODERATE OR ROUGH BECOMING VERY ROUGH LATER IN

NORTHWEST OCCASIONAL RAIN MODERATE OR GOOD

ROCKALL MALIN HEBRIDES

SOUTH VEERING SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE 8

EXCEPT IN MALIN ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH BECOMING VERY ROUGH

OR HIGH EXCEPT IN MALIN RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR

GOOD

BAILEY

SOUTH VEERING SOUTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8 OCCASIONALLY SEVERE

GALE 9 ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH BECOMING VERY ROUGH OR HIGH

RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR GOOD

FAIR ISLE

SOUTH OR SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 PERHAPS GALE 8 LATER MODERATE

OR ROUGH BECOMING VERY ROUGH LATER IN WEST SHOWERS FOG

PATCHES AT FIRST MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY

POOR AT FIRST

FAEROES SOUTHEAST ICELAND

SOUTHERLY OR SOUTHWESTERLY 6 TO GALE 8 OCCASIONALLY

SEVERE GALE 9 IN SOUTHEAST ICELAND ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH

BECOMING VERY ROUGH OR HIGH RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR

GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR
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