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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 01/09/2014 09:17
FPUK71 EGRR 010900

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 1130

UTC ON MONDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 1200 UTC

MONDAY 01 SEPTEMBER TO 1200 UTC TUESDAY 02 SEPTEMBER 2014

THERE ARE WARNINGS OF GALES IN BAILEY AND SOUTHEAST

ICELAND

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT 0600

LOW ICELAND 979 EXPECTED 150 MILES NORTH OF ICELAND 986

BY 0600 TOMORROW NEW HIGH EXPECTED IRISH SEA 1024 BY

SAME TIME

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING

SOUTHERLY OR SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 AT

FIRST IN NORTH MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH IN NORTH

RAIN OR DRIZZLE AT TIMES GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH UTSIRE

SOUTHERLY OR SOUTHEASTERLY 5 TO 7 BECOMING VARIABLE 3 OR

4 MODERATE OR ROUGH BECOMING MODERATE RAIN OR DRIZZLE

AT TIMES GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH TYNE DOGGER

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 OCCASIONALLY SOUTHWESTERLY 5 IN

CROMARTY SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE IN CROMARTY AND

NORTH FORTIES RAIN AT FIRST IN FORTIES AND DOGGER FOG

PATCHES LATER MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

LATER

FISHER GERMAN BIGHT

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 SLIGHT SHOWERS MODERATE OR GOOD

HUMBER THAMES

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 SLIGHT RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR

GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

DOVER WIGHT PORTLAND PLYMOUTH

SOUTHWEST VEERING NORTHEAST 3 OR 4 INCREASING 5 AT

TIMES MODERATE OR ROUGH IN WEST AND SOUTH PLYMOUTH

OTHERWISE SLIGHT OR MODERATE OCCASIONAL DRIZZLE FOG

PATCHES MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

BISCAY

VARIABLE 3 AT FIRST IN NORTH OTHERWISE EASTERLY OR

NORTHEASTERLY 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 IN SOUTHWEST

MODERATE BECOMING MODERATE OR ROUGH MAINLY FAIR GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR IN FAR NORTH

SOUTH FITZROY

NORTHEASTERLY 5 TO 7 MODERATE OR ROUGH MAINLY FAIR

MODERATE OR GOOD

NORTH FITZROY SOLE

VARIABLE BECOMING EASTERLY OR NORTHEASTERLY 3 OR 4

OCCASIONALLY 5 IN NORTH FITZROY MODERATE AT FIRST IN

EAST OTHERWISE ROUGH DRIZZLE AT TIMES GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR

LUNDY FASTNET IRISH SEA

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 OCCASIONALLY NORTHWESTERLY 5 AT FIRST

EXCEPT IN FASTNET MODERATE OR ROUGH IN FASTNET AND

SOUTHWEST LUNDY OTHERWISE SLIGHT OR MODERATE MAINLY

FAIR GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR AT FIRST IN SOUTH LUNDY

SHANNON

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 ROUGH OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH AT FIRST

IN NORTH FAIR GOOD

ROCKALL MALIN

SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 IN NORTH ROCKALL

MODERATE OR ROUGH IN SOUTHEAST MALIN OTHERWISE ROUGH OR

VERY ROUGH MAINLY FAIR GOOD

HEBRIDES

SOUTHWEST 5 OR 6 VERY ROUGH BECOMING ROUGH MAINLY FAIR

MODERATE OR GOOD

BAILEY

SOUTHWESTERLY 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 IN NORTH HIGH

AT FIRST IN NORTH OTHERWISE VERY ROUGH BECOMING ROUGH

RAIN OR DRIZZLE AT TIMES MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY

POOR

FAIR ISLE

SOUTHWESTERLY 5 OR 6 BUT MAINLY 4 IN SOUTHEAST SLIGHT

OR MODERATE IN SOUTHEAST OTHERWISE ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH

OCCASIONAL RAIN MODERATE OR GOOD

FAEROES

SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 PERHAPS GALE 8 LATER HIGH AT FIRST IN

WEST OTHERWISE ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH OCCASIONAL RAIN

MODERATE OR POOR

SOUTHEAST ICELAND

SOUTHWESTERLY 6 TO GALE 8 DECREASING 5 AT TIMES LATER

HIGH BECOMING VERY ROUGH THEN ROUGH LATER RAIN OR

SHOWERS POOR BECOMING MODERATE OR GOOD
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