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High Seas forecast

High seas forecasts for the next 24 hours

Issued: 2000 on Fri 21 Nov 2014 UTC

The high seas forecast, issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

General synopsis

At 211200UTC low 57 north 18 west 992 expected 60 north 18 west 991 by 221200UTC. High 43 north 36 west 1028 expected 43 north 26 west 1028 by same time.

Sole

Southwest veering north or northwest, 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west. Rain then showers. Moderate becoming good.

Shannon

West 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times. Rough or very rough. Rain then squally showers. Moderate or poor becoming mainly good.

Rockall

Southeast veering west or southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in west. Rain then squally showers. Moderate or poor.

Bailey

Southeast 7 to severe gale 9, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain then squally showers. Moderate or poor occasionally good later.

Faeroes

Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5 later in south later. Rough or very rough. Showers. Moderate or good.

Southeast Iceland

Southeasterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Showers. Moderate or good.

East Northern Section

Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in south and west. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in south. Rain then snow showers. Moderate or good occasionally poor at first.

West Northern Section

Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing southerly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in west. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in south. Snow showers , rain and snow later. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

East Central Section

Northwesterly 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 later in south. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in far north. Wintry showers, fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in far north.

West Central Section

Westerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in northeast, backing southerly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Rough. Becoming very rough or high later in west. Rain and squally showers later. Moderate or good occasionally poor later.

Denmark Strait

Southeasterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later. R or wintry showers, fog patches. Moderate, occasionally very poor.

North Iceland

Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in south, but decreasing 4 at times in north. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south. Occasional rain and fog patches in south, mainly fair in north. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in south. Occasional light icing in far northeast with temperature ms02 to ms03.

Norwegian Basin

Easterly 5 or 6, backing southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later. Moderate in east, rough or very rough in west. Showers, rain later. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

From Sat 22 Nov 2014

Gales or severe gales expected in all areas except Sole and Shannon.

Unscheduled storm warnings are broadcast via Safetynet and in bulletin WONT54 EGRR available via some internet and ftpmail outlets

High Seas overview

High seas forecasts are issued twice daily at 0930 and 2130 GMT and cover the next 24 hours and outlooks for the following 24 hours.

The part of the North Atlantic known as Metarea I is divided into twelve sea areas, six of which are also in the Shipping forecast.

The high seas forecast contains a general synopsis and sea-area forecasts containg forecast wind direction and force, weather and visibility for the next 24 hours with an outlook for the following 24 hours.

In the UK, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is responsible for the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) to ships at sea, which includes the broadcast of warnings and forecasts. The Met Office initiates warnings and prepares routine forecasts for dissemination on behalf of the MCA.

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