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High Seas forecast

Issued at 2000 UTC on Monday 5 December 2016
by the Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom
for the period 2000 UTC Monday 5 December until 2000 UTC Tuesday 6 December 2016

General synopsis

At 051200UTC, low 52 north 38 west 966 expected 54 north 45 west 957 by 061200UTC. High 56 north 02 east 1027 dissipating by same time. New lows, moving steadily east or northeast, expected 53 north 25 west 990, 43 north 35 west 991 and 72 north 11 east 994 by that time

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

In west, southeasterly 4 or 5, veering southerly 5 to 7. in east, southeasterly 4 or 5, veering southerly 5 or 6. In west, moderate or rough. in east, slight or moderate. In west, occasional rain and drizzle. in east, mainly fair. In west, moderate or good, occasionally poor. in east, moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Southeast 5 to 7, veering south 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate becoming rough or very rough. Fair then rain and drizzle. Moderate or poor, occasionally good at first.

Rockall

Southeast 5 to 7, veering south 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate becoming rough or very rough. Fair then rain and drizzle. Moderate or poor, occasionally good at first.

Bailey

Southeast 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Moderate becoming rough, occasionally very rough later. Fair then occasional rain. Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Faeroes

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later. Rain later. Moderate or good.

Southeast Iceland

Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate, occasionally rough later. Occasional rain later. Moderate or good.

East Northern Section

Easterly or southeasterly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in far north. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate at first in far northeast. Occasional rain and drizzle. Moderate or poor, but good for a time in north.

West Northern Section

In north

Easterly or northeasterly, becoming cyclonic later, 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, but fair at first in east. Moderate or poor, but good at first in east.

In southeast

Easterly 7 to severe gale 9, veering westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first. Occasional rain. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In southwest

Easterly, veering southerly or southeasterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first. Rain at first. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

East Central Section

In north

Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, thundery at first, fog patches, mainly fair later. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

In south

Southerly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. Rough or very rough. Occasional thundery rain or showers, fog patches for a time. Moderate or good occasionally very poor.

West Central Section

Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming variable 4 in far northeast. Rough or very rough, occasionally high later in far northwest. Rain or thundery showers, fog patches in north. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, but very poor at times in north.

Denmark Strait

In southwest

Northeasterly 5 to 7. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in southwest. Rain or drizzle, fog patches. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor. Occasional light icing at first with temperatures ms02 to ms04.

In northeast

Southerly or southwesterly, backing northeasterly later, 4 or 5. Moderate or rough. Fog patches, rain at first. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

North Iceland

In north

Cyclonic, becoming northerly or northwesterly, 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in east. Rain or snow then mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

In south

Southwesterly, backing southeasterly, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times. Moderate, occasionally rough in northeast. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Norwegian Basin

Variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in southeast. Moderate, occasionally rough in east. Showers, wintry at first. Good occasionally moderate.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Gales expected in all areas except Sole, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland, north Iceland and Norwegian Basin.

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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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