Coast and sea

High seas forecast and storm warnings

The general synopsis for UK

At 041200UTC, low 53 north 24 west 980, expected 55 north, 18 west 968 by 051200UTC. New low expected 71 north 02 west 1014 by same time.

Issued at: .

For the period to .

High seas forecast and storm warnings map

Sole

Wind
South or southeast veering southwest later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Rockall

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain at times.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Bailey

Wind
South or southeast 6 to gale 8.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Moderate or poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, becoming south 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

High seas storm warning
Issued:

At 041200UTC, low 53 north 24 west 980, expected 55 north, 18 west 968 by 051200UTC. Winds will reach storm force 10 to violent storm force 11 in the northwestern quadrant of the low in East Northern Section and Denmark Strait throughout.

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 or violent storm 11 in west, becoming cyclonic later and decreasing 5 for a time.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in west.
Weather
Rain and snow.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

East Northern Section

High seas storm warning
Issued:

At 041200UTC, low 53 north 24 west 980, expected 55 north, 18 west 968 by 051200UTC. Winds will reach storm force 10 to violent storm force 11 in the northwestern quadrant of the low in East Northern Section and Denmark Strait throughout.

Wind
Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 to violent storm 11 in north.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally very high in north.
Weather
Rain at times, with snow in north.
Visibility
Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor in north. Light icing at times in far north.

West Northern Section

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north.
Sea state
Very rough or high, occasionally very high in north.
Weather
Snow or snow showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally poor or very poor. Light to moderate icing in far north and northwest.

East Central Section

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming mainly westerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Rain, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor.

West Central Section

Wind
Northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, backing westerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Denmark Strait

High seas storm warning
Issued:

At 041200UTC, low 53 north 24 west 980, expected 55 north, 18 west 968 by 051200UTC. Winds will reach storm force 10 to violent storm force 11 in the northwestern quadrant of the low in East Northern Section and Denmark Strait throughout.

Wind
Northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
Sea state
Very rough or high.
Weather
Snow showers.
Visibility
Moderate, occasionally very poor. Severe icing with temperatures ms08 to ms10.

North Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly easterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in south.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high in south.
Weather
Rain and snow with fog patches in south, snow showers in north.
Visibility
Moderate or poor occasionally very poor in south. Moderate to severe icing becoming widespread with temperatures ms06 to ms09.

Norwegian Basin

Wind
Easterly veering southerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 for a time.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain or sleet.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Hurricane force winds expected in Denmark Strait. Storms or violent storms expected in East Northern Section, West Northern Section and north Iceland. 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 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 containing 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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