Coast and sea

High seas forecast and storm warnings

The general synopsis for UK

At 060000UTC, low 43 north 47 west 1004 expected 48 north 31 west 989 by 070000UTC. Low Sole 1004 expected 50 north 13 east 1003 by same time. Low 52 north 45 west 995 losing its identity by that time. at 060000UTC, high Denmark Strait 1027, slow-moving, declining 1024 by 070000UTC. Low 53 north 23 west 1005, slow-moving, losing its identity by same time. New low expected 62 north 18 west 1016 by that time

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For the period to .

High seas forecast and storm warnings map

Sole

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming east 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Shannon

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rockall

Wind
In southwest, easterly or northeasterly 4 or 5. in northeast, northerly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
In southwest, showers. in northeast, wintry showers.
Visibility
In southwest, moderate or good. in northeast, good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Wind
North 4 to 6.
Sea state
Rough, becoming moderate later.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
North 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

In far southwest

Wind
Easterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

In rest of area

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northeasterly, 3 to 5.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers.
Visibility
Good.

West Northern Section

In north

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northeasterly, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Mainly good.

In south

Wind
Easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 in south.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor in south.

East Central Section

In north

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly easterly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 later, occasionally severe gale 9 later in southwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor later in southwest.

In south

Wind
Westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in west.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

West Central Section

In southeast half of area

Wind
Cyclonic 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, then 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough in south.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In northwest half of area

Wind
Cyclonic, becoming mainly northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6, occasionally 7 later.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough in south.
Weather
Rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Denmark Strait

Wind
Northeasterly 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor. Occasional light icing in far northeast with temperatures around ms02.

North Iceland

Wind
Northerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in east.
Sea state
Slight or moderate in north, moderate or rough in south, occasionally very rough at first in far south.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Norwegian Basin

Wind
Northerly or northeasterly 4 to 6.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west, becoming slight or moderate in east.
Weather
Wintry showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Storms expected in East Northern Section, East Central Section and West Central Section. Gales expected in Sole, Shannon, Rockall and West Northern Section.

Unscheduled storm warnings are broadcast via Safetynet and in bulletin WONT54 EGRR available via some internet and ftpmail outlets

The high seas forecast information

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.

Marine forecasts disclaimer

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