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High Seas forecast

High seas forecasts for the next 24 hours

Issued: 0800 on Sat 26 Jul 2014 UTC

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

General synopsis

At 260000UTC, low 42 north 28 west 1008 expected 39 north 31 west 1013 by 270000UTC. Low 58 north 10 west 1017 expected 59 north 09 west 1013 by same time. New lows expected 57 north 44 west 997 and 66 north 38 west 1015 by that time. at 260000UTC, high 51 north 15 west 1022 expected 47 north 18 west 1025 by 270000UTC. Low 77 north 09 east 1008 losing its identity

Sole

Northerly becoming variable in west, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwesterly 5 in northeast. Slight or moderate. Showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

Variable 4, becoming mainly westerly or northwesterly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Variable 4, becoming mainly westerly or northwesterly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later. Slight or moderate. Rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Northeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Slight, becoming moderate later in south. Occasional rain, fog banks. Moderate, occasionally very poor.

Southeast Iceland

Southwesterly 5 at first in northwest, otherwise variable 3 or 4, becoming northerly 4 or 5 later in east. Slight, occasionally moderate. Occasional rain, fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

East Northern Section

Westerly 4 or 5 at first in far south, otherwise variable 3 or 4, becoming southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later in west. Slight or moderate. Showers, rain later in southwest. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later in southwest.

West Northern Section

In north

Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly or northeasterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 in southwest later. Slight becoming moderate, then rough later in southwest. Fog patches, mainly in north and west. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor mainly in north and west.

In south

Southeasterly 4 or 5, veering southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, then becoming cyclonic later in far west. Moderate or rough. Occasional rain or showers, fog patches in west. Moderate or good, occasionally poor, but occasionally very poor in west.

East Central Section

Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5 in far northeast, otherwise variable 3 or 4, becoming southwesterly 4 or 5 later in far northwest. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers with fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

West Central Section

In northwest

Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first. Moderate, occasionally rough. Occasional rain or showers with fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

In southeast

Northeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4. Slight or moderate. Occasional rain or showers with fog patches. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Denmark Strait

In area north of 70 north

Variable 3 or 4. Slight. Mainly fair. Moderate or good.

In area south of 70 north

Southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times, becoming variable 2 or 3 later in far south. Slight, occasionally moderate. Occasional drizzle, fog banks. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor, but occasionally good near iceland.

North Iceland

Variable mainly southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times, becoming northeasterly 4 or 5 in far southeast. Slight, occasionally moderate. Occasional rain or drizzle, fog banks. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Norwegian Basin

Easterly or northeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times. Slight, occasionally moderate. Occasional drizzle with fog banks, mainly in western and central areas. Mainly good in east, otherwise moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

From Sun 27 Jul 2014

Gales or severe gales expected in West Northern Section, with gales in the west of East Northern Section.

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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