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High Seas forecast

Issued at 0800 UTC on Saturday 13 February 2016
by the Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom
for the period 0800 UTC Saturday 13 February until 0800 UTC on Sunday 14 February 2016

Storm warnings

At 130000UTC, low 50 north 13 west 974 expected 50 north 09 east 980 by 140000UTC. Westerly winds are expected to reach storm force 10 in Sole until 130900UTC. New low expected 52 north 11 west 984 by same time. Northwesterly winds will reach storm force 10 in the far east and in the northeast of East Central Section after 132100UTC and may reach storm force 10 in Sole after 140600UTC and in the southwest of Shannon after 140300UTC

General synopsis

At 130000UTC, low 50 north 13 west 974 expected 50 north 09 east 980 by 140000UTC. New low expected 52 north 11 west 984 by same time. Low 57 north 36 west 979 expected 59 north 42 west 990 by that time. at 130000UTC, low 72 north 08 west 993 expected 74 north 01 east 994 by 140000UTC. New high expected 69 north 37 west 1022 by 140000UTC

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

Cyclonic, mainly westerly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first. High or very high, becoming very rough or high. Rain or showers. Moderate or poor.

Shannon

In southwest, northwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later. in northeast, cyclonic 5 to 7. In southwest, very rough or high. in northeast, rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

In southwest, cyclonic 5 to 7. in northeast, east 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. In southwest, rain or showers. in northeast, rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

East 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Northeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Easterly backing northeasterly 5 or 6. Rough or very rough. Snow showers. Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

Cyclonic in far south and in southwest, otherwise easterly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in south, decreasing 4 or 5 later in far north. Very rough, occasionally high, becoming moderate or rough later in far north. Occasional rain, sleet or wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

West Northern Section

In north

Easterly or northeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in west, becoming cyclonic, mainly southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, except in far northwest. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain or sleet with snow in west. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, but becoming very poor at times in west. Moderate icing within 30 miles of ice edge in far northwest.

In south

Cyclonic, becoming mainly westerly, but backing southerly later in west, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, occasionally high. Occasional rain, sleet or wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

East Central Section

Cyclonic at times in far northeast, otherwise westerly or northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later in far east and in northeast. Very rough or high, becoming high or very high. Occasional rain or wintry showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

West Central Section

Westerly or northwesterly, but backing southerly or southeasterly later in west, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, rough or very rough, occasionally high for a time in south. Wintry showers, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Denmark Strait

Northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in far southwest, becoming variable 3 or 4 later, except in far southwest. Moderate or rough. Occasional snow or snow showers, mainly in southwest. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in southwest. Moderate icing becoming confined to far southwest later, with temperatures ms02 to ms05.

North Iceland

In northeastern half of area

Northerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9. Very rough or high, becoming rough or very rough. Snow. Moderate occasional very poor. Severe or very severe icing with temperatures ms05 to ms08 becoming ms09 to ms12.

In southwestern half of area

Cyclonic at first in southeast, otherwise northerly or northeasterly 5 or 6, becoming variable 4 later in southwest. Moderate or rough. Snow showers, otherwise mainly fair. Good, occasionally poor. Occasional light icing clearing from southwest with temperatures ms02 to ms05.

Norwegian Basin

Northeasterly backing northerly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Storms expected in Sole, Shannon, West Northern Section and East Central Section. Gales or severe gales expected in all other areas except Rockall, Faeroes and Southeast Iceland.

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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.

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