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High Seas forecast

High seas forecasts for the next 24 hours

Issued: 2000 on Mon 28 Jul 2014 UTC

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

General synopsis

At 281200UTC, low 63 north 24 west 995 expected 62 north 09 west 997 by 291200UTC. New low moving slowly eastwards, expected 61 north 35 west 1011 by same time. High 67 north 47 west 1021 expected 65 north 46 west 1023 by that time. at 281200UTC, high 47 north 23 west 1030 expected 48 north 26 west 1030 by 291200UTC. High 68 north 01 west 1017 dissipating

Sole

North or northwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Shannon

West or northwest 4 or 5. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in north. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in far north. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough in north. Occasional rain. Moderate or good.

Bailey

Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough. Occasional rain. Moderate or good.

Faeroes

Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in southwest. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in southwest. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later. Rough or very rough, becoming moderate later in west. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good.

West Northern Section

In north

Westerly becoming cyclonic 4 or 5. Rough at first in east, otherwise moderate. Fog patches in northwest, occasional drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in northwest.

In south

Southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in north. Rough at first in east, otherwise moderate. Occasional drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

East Central Section

In north

Westerly 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Occasional drizzle. Moderate or good.

In south

Variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair. Moderate or good.

West Central Section

Variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Fog patches and occasional drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Denmark Strait

Variable 3 or 4 at first in west, otherwise northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in far east. Moderate or rough. Fog patches at first, occasional drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor at first.

North Iceland

In far west

Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain, with sleet in far north. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In rest of area

Southeasterly backing northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in far south. Moderate, occasionally rough later in far south. Fog patches and occasional rain. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Norwegian Basin

Southerly or southeasterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in west. Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in far west. Fog patches in west, occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

Outlook for following 24 hours

From Tue 29 Jul 2014

Gales likely in Bailey, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland and north Iceland.

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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