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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 22/08/2014 23:55
FPUK71 EGRR 222100

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 0015

UTC ON SATURDAY 23 AUGUST 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 0000 UTC

SATURDAY 23 AUGUST TO 0000 UTC SUNDAY 24 AUGUST 2014

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT 1800

LOW SOUTH NORWAY 1002 SLOWMOVING DEEPENING 1001 BY 1800

SATURDAY HIGH 150 MILES WEST OF BAILEY 1022 EXPECTED

ROCKALL 1018 BY SAME TIME HIGH 100 MILES WEST OF FITZROY

1023 EXPECTED FITZROY 1022 BY THAT TIME

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING

NORTH OR NORTHWEST 5 TO 7 MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH

THUNDERY SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH UTSIRE

MAINLY NORTHERLY OR NORTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6

AT TIMES SLIGHT OR MODERATE THUNDERY SHOWERS GOOD

OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

FORTIES

NORTHWEST 5 OR 6 OCCASIONALLY 7 LATER MODERATE

OCCASIONALLY ROUGH SHOWERS GOOD

CROMARTY FORTH TYNE DOGGER

NORTHWEST 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 EXCEPT IN TYNE SLIGHT

OR MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

FISHER NORTH GERMAN BIGHT

WESTERLY OR NORTHWESTERLY 5 OR 6 OCCASIONALLY 7 LATER

SLIGHT OR MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH IN FISHER

SHOWERS OCCASIONALLY THUNDERY GOOD OCCASIONALLY

MODERATE

SOUTH GERMAN BIGHT HUMBER THAMES DOVER WIGHT

WESTERLY OR NORTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6 AT TIMES

SLIGHT OR MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

PORTLAND PLYMOUTH NORTH BISCAY

WESTERLY OR NORTHWESTERLY BECOMING VARIABLE LATER 3 OR

4 OCCASIONALLY 5 AT FIRST SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

AT FIRST SHOWERS GOOD

SOUTH BISCAY

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 SLIGHT SHOWERS GOOD

TRAFALGAR

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 IN WEST OTHERWISE NORTHERLY 4 OR 5

INCREASING 6 AT TIMES SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

MAINLY IN EAST SHOWERS GOOD

SOUTHEAST FITZROY

NORTHERLY OR NORTHEASTERLY 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 IN FAR

SOUTHEAST BECOMING VARIABLE 3 LATER IN NORTHWEST SLIGHT

OR MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

NORTHWEST FITZROY WEST SOLE

NORTHWESTERLY BACKING SOUTHERLY 3 OR 4 INCREASING 5 TO

7 LATER SLIGHT OR MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH LATER IN

FAR WEST SHOWERS THEN RAIN LATER GOOD BECOMING

MODERATE OR POOR LATER

EAST SOLE LUNDY FASTNET

NORTHWESTERLY BACKING SOUTHERLY LATER EXCEPT IN LUNDY 3

OR 4 INCREASING 5 AT TIMES SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY

MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

IRISH SEA

NORTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 BECOMING VARIABLE 3 LATER IN SOUTH

MODERATE BECOMING SMOOTH OR SLIGHT SHOWERS GOOD

SHANNON SOUTHEAST ROCKALL

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 BECOMING SOUTHEASTERLY 5 TO 7 LATER

SLIGHT OR MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH LATER IN WEST

SHOWERS THEN RAIN LATER GOOD BECOMING MODERATE OR POOR

LATER

NORTHWEST ROCKALL MALIN HEBRIDES

NORTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 BECOMING VARIABLE 3 OR 4 LATER

SLIGHT OR MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

BAILEY

NORTHWEST BACKING WEST OR SOUTHWEST 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR

MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

FAIR ISLE

NORTH 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6 AT TIMES MODERATE SHOWERS

GOOD

FAEROES

WEST OR NORTHWEST 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR MODERATE SHOWERS

GOOD

SOUTHEAST ICELAND

VARIABLE 3 AT FIRST IN WEST OTHERWISE NORTHWESTERLY

BACKING WESTERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR MODERATE SHOWERS

GOOD
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