Coast and sea

High seas forecast and storm warnings

The general synopsis for UK

At 290000UTC, low 63 north 26 west 993 expected 68 north 03 west with little change by 300000UTC. Low 42 north 18 west 997 expected 35 north 18 west 995 by same time. New low expected 54 north 48 west 986 by that time. at 290000UTC, low 75 north 01 west 990 losing its identity by 300000UTC. High eastern Greenland 1008 expected southern Greenland 1023 by same time. High 44 north 34 west 1034 expected 48 north 24 west 1031 by that time. at 290000UTC, high Norway 1033 dissipating by 300000UTC.

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For the period to .

High seas forecast and storm warnings map

Sole

Wind
East or northeast 4 to 6, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Northeasterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 4 or less, then westerly 4 or 5 in north.
Sea state
Rough becoming moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
Weather
Mainly fair.
Visibility
Moderate or good.

Rockall

Wind
Variable 4 or less at first in southeast, otherwise southwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in north, becoming rough later.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Bailey

Wind
Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, veering northwest 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, becoming very rough, occasionally high in northwest, then rough later.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, veering northwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, veering northwesterly 5 to 7.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high.
Weather
Squally showers.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate.

East Northern Section

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly southwesterly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 4 or less later in northwest.
Sea state
Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in northeast, becoming moderate or rough later.
Weather
Rain in south, showers in north, perhaps wintry.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

West Northern Section

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly westerly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first, becoming variable 4 or less in north, then increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later except in northeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in east and later in southwest.
Weather
Wintry showers at first in north, otherwise rain.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

East Central Section

Wind
Southwesterly in north, otherwise northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in south, becoming variable 4 or less in central areas.
Sea state
Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.
Weather
Showers, occasional rain in far north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in far north.

West Central Section

Wind
Northerly 3 to 5 becoming variable 4 or less in southeast, otherwise southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in northwest, becoming very rough later in west.
Weather
Fair, but rain in northwest.
Visibility
Good, but moderate or poor in northwest.

Denmark Strait

Wind
Cyclonic, mainly northeasterly, 4 to 6, occasionally 7 at first in northeast, becoming variable 4 or less later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough in southeast and slight in northwest.
Weather
Occasional sleet or snow in east, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in east. Occasional light icing developing for a time in northeast near ice edge, with temperatures ms02 to ms04.

North Iceland

Wind
Cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in southeast, becoming variable 4 or less, in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in east, becoming very rough in southeast and slight later in northwest.
Weather
Fair in northwest, otherwise rain in south and snow in north, becoming fair later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor until later in north. Light or moderate icing in northwest with temperatures ms02 to ms08.

Norwegian Basin

Wind
Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 until later, veering westerly later.
Sea state
Rough, occasionally moderate at first, becoming rough or very rough.
Weather
Occasional rain or showers.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Storms expected in East Northern Section, West Northern Section and Denmark Strait. Severe gales expected in West Central Section and north Iceland. Gales expected in Southeast Iceland, East Central Section and Norwegian Basin.

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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