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High Seas forecast

Issued at 2000 UTC on Saturday 30 July 2016
by the Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom
for the period 2000 UTC Saturday 30 July until 2000 UTC Sunday 31 July 2016

General synopsis

At 301200UTC, low 62 north 11 east 1002 expected 64 north 17 east 999 by 311200UTC. Low 54 north 52 west 1009 expected 57 north 55 west 1006 by same time. Low 44 north 58 west 1006 expected 48 north 38 west 1004 by that time. at 301200UTC, high central Greenland 1029 slow-moving, declining 1028 by 311200UTC. High 39 north 31 west 1029 slow-moving with little change. Low 63 north 04 west 1003 moving slowly south and losing its identity

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

Northerly or northwesterly becoming variable, 3 or 4, then becoming southwesterly 4 or 5 later in west. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

Shannon

Northwesterly backing southerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later in west. Slight or moderate in east, moderate in west. Rain later in northwest. Good, occasionally moderate later in northwest.

Rockall

West or northwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4. Moderate. Showers. Good.

Bailey

Northwest veering north 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Faeroes

Northwest veering north 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

Southeast Iceland

Variable 3 or 4 in far west, otherwise northerly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate or rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

In east

Variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate in north, moderate in south. Mainly fair. Good.

In northwest

Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in far northwest. Slight or moderate. Fair. Good.

In southwest

Variable 3 or less becoming easterly 3 or 4, then increasing 5 later in far southwest. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain in far southwest, otherwise fair. Good, occasionally moderate in far southwest.

West Northern Section

In far northwest

Variable mainly northeasterly 3 or 4. Slight. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

In rest of region

Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in southwest. Moderate in southwest, otherwise slight or moderate. Rain at times in south, otherwise fair. Good, occasionally poor in south.

East Central Section

In area north of 52 north

Variable 3 or 4 becoming cyclonic mainly easterly 4 or 5. Moderate. Fair at first in east, otherwise rain at times. Good at first in east, otherwise moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In area south of 52 north

Variable 3 or 4 becoming southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough later in west. Fair at first in east, otherwise rain or drizzle. Good at first in east, otherwise moderate or good, occasionally poor.

West Central Section

In area south of 52 north

Southwesterly 4 or 5 increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later in south, but becoming cyclonic 4 or 5 in west and north. Moderate becoming rough, then occasionally very rough later in southeast. Rain, drizzle or showers, fog patches. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

In area north of 52 north

Cyclonic mainly easterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north. Slight or moderate. Rain, drizzle or showers, fog patches. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Denmark Strait

In area south of 70 north

Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first near iceland, becoming variable 3 at times near greenland. Moderate in southeast, otherwise slight or moderate. Showers, mainly in east. Good.

In area north of 70 north

Variable becoming southerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4. Moderate at first in south, otherwise slight. Fair. Good.

North Iceland

In northwest

Variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Fair in north, showers in south. Good.

In southeast

Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate or rough. Rain at times in far southeast, otherwise fair. Good, occasionally moderate in far southeast.

Norwegian Basin

In west

Northerly or northeasterly becoming cyclonic, 4 or 5, increasing 6 in far west. Moderate becoming rough, then occasionally very rough later in northwest. Rain or showers. Good at first in south, otherwise moderate or poor.

In east

Cyclonic at first in north, otherwise southerly or southwesterly, 4 or 5. Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Gales expected in East Central Section and West Central 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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