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UK Shipping Forecast downloaded from the NOAA server downloaded 31/10/2014 12:45
FPUK71 EGRR 310900

AND NOW THE SHIPPING FORECAST ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE

ON BEHALF OF THE MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY AT 1130

UTC ON FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER 2014 FOR THE PERIOD 1200 UTC

FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER TO 1200 UTC SATURDAY 01 NOVEMBER 2014

THERE ARE WARNINGS OF GALES IN VIKING NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH

UTSIRE TRAFALGAR FITZROY SOLE FASTNET SHANNON ROCKALL

MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY AND SOUTHEAST ICELAND

THE GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT 0600

LOW 320 MILES WEST OF ROCKALL 974 EXPECTED 120 MILES

SOUTH OF ICELAND 968 BY 0600 TOMORROW NEW LOW MOVING

RAPIDLY NORTHEASTWARDS EXPECTED JUST WEST OF ROCKALL 993

BY SAME TIME

THE AREA FORECASTS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

VIKING NORTH UTSIRE SOUTH UTSIRE

SOUTHEASTERLY 6 TO GALE 8 VEERING SOUTHWESTERLY 5 OR 6

LATER MODERATE OR ROUGH OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG PATCHES

MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

FORTIES CROMARTY FORTH TYNE

SOUTH VEERING SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 MODERATE OR ROUGH

OCCASIONAL RAIN FOG PATCHES MODERATE OCCASIONALLY VERY

POOR BECOMING GOOD LATER

DOGGER FISHER GERMAN BIGHT

SOUTH VEERING SOUTHWEST 5 OR 6 MODERATE OCCASIONALLY

ROUGH IN FISHER FOG PATCHES OCCASIONAL RAIN IN FISHER

MODERATE OR GOOD OCCASIONALLY VERY POOR

HUMBER THAMES DOVER WIGHT PORTLAND

SOUTH VEERING SOUTHWEST LATER 4 OR 5 INCREASING 6 AT

TIMES SLIGHT OR MODERATE RAIN LATER MODERATE OR GOOD

PLYMOUTH NORTH BISCAY

SOUTHERLY VEERING SOUTHWESTERLY 5 TO 7 MODERATE OR

ROUGH RAIN FOR A TIME GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

SOUTH BISCAY

SOUTHEASTERLY VEERING WESTERLY 4 OR 5 SLIGHT OR

MODERATE RAIN LATER MODERATE OR GOOD

SOUTHEAST FITZROY

SOUTHERLY OR SOUTHWESTERLY VEERING NORTHWESTERLY FOR A

TIME 5 OR 6 MODERATE OR ROUGH RAIN LATER MODERATE OR

GOOD

NORTHWEST FITZROY SOLE

SOUTHERLY AT FIRST IN EAST OTHERWISE WESTERLY 5 OR 6

BACKING SOUTHWESTERLY 6 TO GALE 8 PERHAPS SEVERE GALE 9

LATER MODERATE OR ROUGH BECOMING ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH

RAIN OR SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

LUNDY FASTNET IRISH SEA

SOUTH OR SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 LATER IN

FASTNET MODERATE OR ROUGH RAIN FOR A TIME MODERATE OR

POOR BECOMING GOOD

SHANNON

SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7 BACKING SOUTH 6 TO GALE 8 PERHAPS

SEVERE GALE 9 LATER ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH RAIN OR

SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY POOR

ROCKALL MALIN HEBRIDES BAILEY

SOUTH OR SOUTHWEST 6 TO GALE 8 OCCASIONALLY SEVERE GALE

9 IN ROCKALL AND BAILEY ROUGH OR VERY ROUGH BECOMING

VERY ROUGH OR HIGH RAIN OR SHOWERS GOOD OCCASIONALLY

POOR

FAIR ISLE FAEROES SOUTHEAST ICELAND

EASTERLY 7 TO SEVERE GALE 9 AT FIRST IN NORTHERN

SOUTHEAST ICELAND OTHERWISE SOUTHEASTERLY VEERING

SOUTHERLY 5 TO 7 PERHAPS GALE 8 LATER ROUGH OR VERY

ROUGH OCCASIONALLY HIGH LATER RAIN OR SHOWERS GOOD

OCCASIONALLY POOR
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