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High Seas forecast

Issued at 0800 UTC on Friday 6 May 2016
by the Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom
for the period 0800 UTC Friday 6 May until 0800 UTC Saturday 7 May 2016

Storm warnings

At 060000UTC, low 46 north 28 west 1006 expected 44 north 23 west 991 by 070000UTC. Winds will reach storm force 10 between 50 and 100 miles of the centre in the northwest quadrant between 061600UTC and 070000UTC

General synopsis

At 060000UTC, low 46 north 28 west 1006 expected 44 north 23 west 991 by 070000UTC. Complex low 63 north 13 west 996 and 68 north 06 west 996 expected single centre 67 north 09 west 1000 by same time. High 53 north 48 west 1024 expected 52 north 37 west 1023 by that time. Low 61 north 40 west 1011 moving slowly southeastwards and losing its identity

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

North or northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Rough becoming moderate. Fair then thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Variable 3 or 4 becoming northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good.

Rockall

Variable 3 or 4 becoming northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in southeast. Moderate or rough. Showers then fair. Good.

Bailey

Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 in south. Moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Faeroes

Southwest 5 to 7. Rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, but mainly 4 or 5 in west. Very rough at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

In northeast

Northerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 later. Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later. Showers, wintry in west. Good, occasionally moderate.

In southwest

Westerly or northwesterly becoming variable, 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough at first except in far southwest. Showers, occasionally wintry in west. Good, occasionally moderate in west.

West Northern Section

Cyclonic 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first in southwest, but becoming northerly 5 to 7 in northeast. Moderate, occasionally rough in northeast. Wintry showers in east, fair in west. Good, occasionally moderate in east.

East Central Section

In southeast

Easterly 3 or 4 increasing 6 to gale 8, then backing northeasterly later. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough. Fair then rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

In southwest

Cyclonic 5 to 7 increasing gale 8 to storm 10, then becoming northerly or northeasterly 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough, becoming high for a time in far southwest. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

In north

Northerly or northeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in south. Moderate. Showers. Good.

West Central Section

In southeast

Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in east, then veering northeasterly 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later. Rain or showers then fair. Moderate or good.

In southwest

Variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 5 or 6 later. Moderate or rough. Showers then rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

In north

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Mainly fair. Good.

Denmark Strait

In west

Variable 3 or 4, occasionally northerly 5 at first in east. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good, occasionally poor.

In east

Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, becoming variable 4 at times later except in far east. Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough. Wintry showers, then becoming fair except in far southeast. Moderate or good, occasionally poor. Light icing at times in far east with temperatures ms02 or ms03.

North Iceland

In northwest

Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in south. Moderate or rough in north, rough or very rough in south. Sleet, snow and hail showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor. Light icing for a time except in far northwest with temperatures ms02 or ms03.

In southeast

Cyclonic 5 to 7. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Norwegian Basin

Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 in south and east. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate. Rain or showers in central and eastern areas, mainly fair in west. Moderate or good, occasionally poor in central and eastern areas.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Gales expected in Rockall, Bailey, East Central Section and the southeast corner of East Northern Section.

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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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