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High Seas forecast

Issued at 2000 UTC on Friday 05 February 2016
by the Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom
for the period 2000 UTC Friday 05 February until 2000 UTC on Saturday 06 February 2016

Storm warnings

At 051200UTC, occluded front 61 north 33 west to 64 north 30 west to 66 north 20 west expected 62 north 31 west to 67 north 20 west by 061200UTC. Winds will reach violent storm force 11 until 060000UTC and storm force 10 throughout up to 200 miles to the west and northwest of this front. Low 61 north 28 west 954 expected 60 north 23 west 963 by same time. Winds will reach storm force 10 between 150 and 300 miles of the centre in the southwestern quadrant from 060000UTC. Low 52 north 38 west 994, expected 65 north 13 west 964 by that time. Winds will reach storm force 10 between 50 and 150 miles of the centre in the southwestern quadrant after 060300UTC. northwesterly winds will also reach storm force 10 in northern East Central Section from 061400UTC.

General synopsis

At 051200UTC, occluded front 61 north 33 west to 64 north 30 west to 66 north 20 west expected 62 north 31 west to 67 north 20 west by 060000UTC. Low 61 north 28 west 954 expected 60 north 23 west 963 by same time. Low 52 north 38 west 994, expected 65 north 13 west 964 by that time. New lows expected 67 north 08 east 978 and 59 north 31 west 981 by 060000UTC

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

Southwest veering west, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9. Moderate or rough, becoming high later. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Southwest veering west later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Southwest becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later. Very rough or high. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Southwest 6 to gale 8, backing southeast 5 to 7 later. Very rough or high. Wintry showers, then rain. Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Southerly or southwesterly backing southeasterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough or very rough, occasionally high. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Southerly or southwesterly backing southeasterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough or very rough, occasionally high. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

In north

Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 or violent storm 11 at first in far northwest, becoming easterly 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8 later in far northwest. Very rough or high, occasionally very high at first in far northwest. Snow or snow showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

In south

Westerly or southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 7 to severe gale 9, but becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later in east, occasionally storm 10 later in west. Very rough or high, becoming very high at times. Snow or snow showers, occasional rain later in southeast. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

West Northern Section

In north

Northerly or northeasterly, backing northwesterly later in south, gale 8 to storm 10, occasionally violent storm 11 at first in far northeast, then decreasing 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8 later. High or very high, becoming very rough or high later in west. Snow or snow showers, moderate or good, occasionally very poor. Occasional light icing at first in north.

In south

Northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 at times later in southeast and becoming variable 3 or 4 later in southwest. High or very high, becoming very rough or high later in west. Wintry showers, becoming mainly fair later in southwest.

East Central Section

Southwesterly veering northwesterly, but cyclonic at first in north, 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time in northeast, decreasing 5 or 6 later in southwest. Very rough or high, becoming very high at times later. Occasional rain with sleet in north, then wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

West Central Section

Cyclonic 5 or 6 at first in northeast, otherwise westerly veering northwesterly, 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time later, then backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later in west. Very rough or high. Showers, occasional rain later in west. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later in west.

Denmark Strait

Northeasterly gale 8 to storm 10, occasionally violent storm 11 at first. High or very high. Snow or snow showers. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor. Moderate or severe, occasionally very severe at first in north, icing with temperatures ms03 to ms06.

North Iceland

In southeast

Southerly or southeasterly backing easterly later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south. Occasional snow, sleet in south. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In rest of area

Northerly or northeasterly 5 to 7 in north, otherwise easterly backing northeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later. Rough or very rough. Showers, occasionally wintry. Moderate or good, occasionally poor. Light or moderate icing in north and in west with temperatures ms02 to ms05.

Norwegian Basin

Cyclonic 4 or 5 at first in west, otherwise southerly or southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain or wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Hurricane force winds expected in West Central Section with violent storms expected in East Central Section. Storms expected in Shannon, Rockall, East Northern Section and Denmark Strait. Gales or severe gales expected in all other areas.

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.

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