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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 25/10/2014 02:44
FPUK71 EGRR 250300

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 0505

UTC ON SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 0600 UTC

SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER TO 0600 UTC SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER 2014

THERE ARE WARNINGS OF GALES IN VIKING NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH

UTSIRE FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH IRISH SEA SHANNON ROCKALL

MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY FAIR ISLE FAEROES AND SOUTHEAST

ICELAND

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT MIDNIGHT

LOW 400 MILES WEST OF NORTH BAILEY 974 EXPECTED

SOUTHEAST ICELAND 967 BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING NORTH UTSIRE

SOUTHWESTERLY 5 OR 6 INCREASING 7 TO SEVERE GALE 9

PERHAPS STORM 10 LATER ROUGH BECOMING VERY ROUGH

OCCASIONALLY HIGH LATER RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR

GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR LATER

SOUTH UTSIRE

SOUTHWESTERLY 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6 OR 7 OCCASIONALLY

GALE 8 LATER MODERATE OR ROUGH BECOMING VERY ROUGH

LATER SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY MODERATE

FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH

SOUTHWESTERLY 6 TO GALE 8 OCCASIONALLY SEVERE GALE 9

LATER IN CROMARTY AND NORTH FORTIES MODERATE OR ROUGH

BECOMING VERY ROUGH LATER IN NORTH FORTIES SHOWERS

GOOD OCCASIONALLY MODERATE LATER

TYNE DOGGER

SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 PERHAPS GALE 8 LATER MODERATE

BECOMING ROUGH IN NORTHEAST DOGGER FAIR GOOD

FISHER

WEST 4 OR 5 BACKING SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 PERHAPS GALE 8

LATER MODERATE OR ROUGH SHOWERS GOOD

GERMAN BIGHT HUMBER

WEST 4 OR 5 BACKING SOUTHWEST 5 OR 6 OCCASIONALLY 7

LATER MODERATE BECOMING ROUGH LATER IN NORTHWEST GERMAN

BIGHT FAIR GOOD

THAMES DOVER WIGHT PORTLAND PLYMOUTH

WEST BACKING SOUTHWEST 4 OR 5 OCCASIONALLY 6 LATER IN

THAMES SLIGHT OR MODERATE BUT ROUGH IN SOUTHWEST

PLYMOUTH FAIR GOOD

BISCAY

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 MODERATE OR ROUGH SHOWERS AT FIRST

GOOD

FITZROY

VARIABLE 3 OR 4 BECOMING SOUTH OR SOUTHEAST 4 OR 5

ROUGH SHOWERS AT FIRST GOOD

SOLE

SOUTHWEST 5 OR 6 ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH SHOWERS GOOD

LUNDY FASTNET

SOUTHWEST 5 OR 6 OCCASIONALLY 7 LATER MODERATE OR

ROUGH OCCASIONALLY VERY ROUGH IN WEST FASTNET SHOWERS

GOOD

IRISH SEA

SOUTHWESTERLY 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 LATER IN NORTH

MODERATE OR ROUGH SHOWERS GOOD

SHANNON

SOUTHWESTERLY 6 OR 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 IN NORTH VERY

ROUGH BECOMING HIGH IN NORTH SHOWERS GOOD BECOMING

MODERATE IN NORTH

ROCKALL MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY

SOUTHWEST 7 TO SEVERE GALE 9 OCCASIONALLY STORM 10 LATER

EXCEPT IN MALIN VERY ROUGH OR HIGH OCCASIONALLY VERY

HIGH LATER EXCEPT IN MALIN RAIN OR SHOWERS MODERATE OR

POOR

FAIR ISLE FAEROES

SOUTH VEERING SOUTHWEST 7 TO SEVERE GALE 9 OCCASIONALLY

STORM 10 LATER VERY ROUGH OR HIGH BECOMING VERY HIGH

LATER IN WEST FAIR ISLE AND SOUTH FAEROES RAIN OR

SHOWERS MODERATE OCCASIONALLY POOR

SOUTHEAST ICELAND

CYCLONIC 6 TO GALE 8 PERHAPS SEVERE GALE 9 LATER ROUGH

OR VERY ROUGH BECOMING HIGH LATER IN SOUTH RAIN OR

SHOWERS MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR
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