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High Seas forecast

High seas forecasts for the next 24 hours

Issued: 0800 on Fri 24 Oct 2014 UTC

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

Storm warnings

At 240000UTC, low 62 north 17 west 982 expected 67 north 08 west 979 by 250000UTC. New low moving steadily eastwards expected 60 north 30 west 973 by same time. Westerly winds are expected to reach storm force 10 between 56 and 60 north in west northern section from 241600UTC and in east northern section from 250200UTC

General synopsis

At 240000UTC, low 62 north 17 west 982 expected 67 north 08 west 979 by 250000UTC. New low moving steadily eastwards expected 60 north 30 west 973 by same time. New low moving slowly southwestwards expected 63 north 37 west 975 by that time. at 240000UTC, low 71 north 06 west 976 expected 74 north 11 west 978 by 250000UTC. High 45 north 40 west 1029 expected 43 north 32 west 1024 by same time

Sole

West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in west. Rain at first, then showers. Good, occasionally poor at first.

Shannon

Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in north. Rough or very rough. Showers. Good.

Rockall

Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Very rough, becoming mainly high later. Squally showers, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Bailey

Southwest 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough. Squally showers, rain later. Moderate or good.

Faeroes

Southwest 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic 5 to 7. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good.

East Northern Section

In north

Cyclonic 5 to 7. Rough or very rough. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

In south

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later. Very rough or high, occasionally very high later in west. Rain or showers, wintry showers later in northwest. Moderate, occasionally poor.

West Northern Section

In north

Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming northerly or northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 later. Moderate at first in north, otherwise rough or very rough. Wintry showers, snow later in west. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later in west. Light icing later in far northwest.

In south

Westerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 to storm 10. Very rough or high, occasionally very high later in east. Rain or showers. Moderate or poor.

East Central Section

In north

Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north. Very rough or high. Showers. Moderate or good.

In south

Westerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Rough or very rough. Fair. Good.

West Central Section

In north

Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in northeast. Showers. Moderate or good.

In south

Westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north, backing southwesterly 5 to 7 later. Rough or very rough. Rain later in far west. Good, becoming moderate or poor later in far west.

Denmark Strait

In area north of 68 north

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate, occasionally rough at first. Snow later in north. Good, becoming poor later in north.

In area south of 68 north

Northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in west. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor, light icing later in far west, with temperatures ms03 to ms05.

North Iceland

In north

Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northwest. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Sleet or snow at times. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor. Light or moderate icing in northwest, with temperatures ms04 to ms07.

In south

Cyclonic 5 or 6. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first. Rain or wintry showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Norwegian Basin

Southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Squally showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for following 24 hours

From Sat 25 Oct 2014

Storms expected in Rockall, Bailey, Faeroes, both northern sections and Norwegian Basin. Severe gales expected in both central sections. Gales expected in all remaining areas except Sole.

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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