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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 24/07/2014 11:14
FPUK71 EGRR 240900

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 1130

UTC ON THURSDAY 24 JULY 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 1200 UTC

THURSDAY 24 JULY TO 1200 UTC FRIDAY 25 JULY 2014

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT 0600

HIGH NORWEGIAN SEA 1027 MOVING SLOWLY SOUTHWEST EXPECTED

100 MILES NORTH OF VIKING 1025 BY 0600 TOMORROW

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING NORTH UTSIRE

NORTHERLY OR NORTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4 INCREASING 5 AT TIMES

SLIGHT FOG PATCHES MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY

POOR

SOUTH UTSIRE FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH TYNE DOGGER

MAINLY EASTERLY OR NORTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4 SLIGHT FOG

PATCHES MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

FISHER NORTH GERMAN BIGHT

EASTERLY OR NORTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4 SMOOTH OR SLIGHT FAIR

MODERATE OR GOOD

SOUTH GERMAN BIGHT EAST HUMBER

NORTHEASTERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

MAINLY FAIR MODERATE OR GOOD

WEST HUMBER

NORTHEASTERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE FOG

PATCHES MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

THAMES DOVER EAST WIGHT

NORTHEASTERLY 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6 AT TIMES SLIGHT OR

MODERATE MAINLY FAIR MODERATE OR GOOD

WEST WIGHT PORTLAND PLYMOUTH

MAINLY NORTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4 INCREASING 5 AT TIMES

SLIGHT OR MODERATE MAINLY FAIR MODERATE OR GOOD

BISCAY

MAINLY NORTHERLY 3 OR 4 OCCASIONALLY 5 IN FAR NORTHWEST

MODERATE MAINLY FAIR MODERATE OR GOOD

SOUTH FITZROY

NORTHERLY 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 IN FAR SOUTHEAST MAINLY

MODERATE MAINLY FAIR MODERATE OR GOOD

NORTH FITZROY SOLE

NORTHERLY 4 OR 5 DECREASING 3 AT TIMES MAINLY MODERATE

OCCASIONAL RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR GOOD

LUNDY FASTNET

MAINLY EAST OR NORTHEAST 3 OR 4 INCREASING 5 AT TIMES

SLIGHT OR MODERATE SHOWERS MODERATE OR GOOD

IRISH SEA

MAINLY EAST OR NORTHEAST 3 OR 4 INCREASING 5 AT TIMES

SMOOTH OR SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE MAINLY FAIR

MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR LATER IN NORTH

SHANNON ROCKALL

VARIABLE MAINLY NORTH 3 OR 4 SLIGHT OR MODERATE

OCCASIONAL RAIN MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY

VARIABLE 4 SLIGHT OR MODERATE OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG

PATCHES MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

FAIR ISLE

MAINLY SOUTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4 OCCASIONALLY 5 IN SOUTH

SLIGHT OR MODERATE FOG PATCHES MODERATE OR GOOD

OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

FAEROES

SOUTHEAST 4 OR 5 BECOMING VARIABLE 3 OR 4 SLIGHT OR

MODERATE OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG BANKS POOR OR VERY POOR

OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

SOUTHEAST ICELAND

SOUTHERLY OR SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 IN

WEST SLIGHT OR MODERATE OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG PATCHES

MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR
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