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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 29/07/2014 17:39
FPUK71 EGRR 291500

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 1725

UTC ON TUESDAY 29 JULY 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 1800 UTC

TUESDAY 29 JULY TO 1800 UTC WEDNESDAY 30 JULY 2014

THERE ARE WARNINGS OF GALES IN FITZROY AND SOUTHEAST

ICELAND

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT MIDDAY

LOW SOUTHEAST ICELAND 998 EXPECTED JUST NORTHEAST OF

FAEROES 996 BY MIDDAY TOMORROW HIGH HUMBER 1016 MOVING

SLOWLY SOUTHWARDS DISSIPATING

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING

SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY 4 AT FIRST IN EAST

SLIGHT BECOMING MODERATE OR ROUGH RAIN OR SHOWERS

MODERATE OR GOOD

NORTH UTSIRE

SOUTHWESTERLY 4 INCREASING 5 OR 6 LATER SLIGHT

BECOMING MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH LATER SHOWERS

GOOD

SOUTH UTSIRE

WESTERLY BACKING SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 SMOOTH OR

SLIGHT BECOMING MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH LATER

SHOWERS GOOD

FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH TYNE DOGGER

WEST 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6 AT TIMES SLIGHT OR MODERATE

SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY MODERATE AT FIRST

FISHER

WEST 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

GERMAN BIGHT

NORTH BACKING WEST 4 OR 5 SMOOTH OR SLIGHT BECOMING

MODERATE IN NORTHWEST FAIR THEN SHOWERS GOOD

HUMBER

VARIABLE BECOMING WEST 3 OR 4 SMOOTH OR SLIGHT FAIR

GOOD

THAMES DOVER

NORTH BACKING WEST 3 OR 4 OCCASIONALLY 5 AT FIRST

SLIGHT FAIR GOOD

WIGHT PORTLAND PLYMOUTH

NORTH OR NORTHWEST BACKING WEST LATER 3 OR 4

INCREASING 5 AT TIMES SLIGHT OCCASIONALLY MODERATE IN

PLYMOUTH FAIR GOOD

BISCAY

NORTHWEST 4 OR 5 VEERING NORTH 3 OR 4 SLIGHT

OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD

SOUTH FITZROY

NORTHEASTERLY 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 AT FIRST IN

EAST MODERATE OR ROUGH FAIR GOOD

NORTH FITZROY

NORTHERLY 3 OR 4 SLIGHT BECOMING MODERATE SHOWERS

GOOD OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

SOLE

NORTHWEST 3 OR 4 MODERATE BUT SLIGHT AT FIRST IN EAST

SHOWERS GOOD

LUNDY FASTNET IRISH SEA

NORTHWEST 3 OR 4 BACKING WEST 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR

MODERATE SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

SHANNON

NORTHWESTERLY BACKING WESTERLY 3 OR 4 OCCASIONALLY 5

IN NORTH MODERATE OCCASIONALLY ROUGH SHOWERS LATER

MODERATE OR GOOD

ROCKALL MALIN

WESTERLY 6 DECREASING 4 OR 5 ROUGH OCCASIONALLY VERY

ROUGH AT FIRST BECOMING MODERATE LATER RAIN OR SHOWERS

MODERATE OR GOOD

HEBRIDES BAILEY

WEST 5 TO 7 VEERING NORTH OR NORTHWEST 4 OR 5 VERY

ROUGH BECOMING MODERATE OR ROUGH SHOWERS RAIN AT

FIRST MODERATE OR GOOD

FAIR ISLE

SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 VEERING WEST 5 OR 6 MODERATE OR ROUGH

OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH AT FIRST IN WEST RAIN OR

SHOWERS MODERATE OR GOOD

FAEROES

WESTERLY VEERING NORTHWESTERLY BUT CYCLONIC AT FIRST IN

NORTH 5 TO 7 MODERATE OR ROUGH OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH

AT FIRST IN SOUTH RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR

SOUTHEAST ICELAND

NORTHERLY 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6 TO GALE 8 MODERATE OR

ROUGH OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH RAIN OR SHOWERS GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR
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