Coast and sea

High seas forecast and storm warnings

The general synopsis for UK

At 120000UTC, high Hebrides 1025 expected Viking 1021 by 130000UTC. Low 40 north 18 west 1014 losing its identity by same time. Low 49 north 28 west 1014 expected 49 north 25 west 1016 by that time. at 120000UTC, low 46 north 43 west 1016 expected 45 north 39 west 1017 by 130000UTC. High 54 north 37 west 1024 expected 54 north 33 west 1023 by same time. New low expected 64 north 39 west 1009 by that time. at 120000UTC, low 66 north 28 west 1006 expected 68 north 03 west 1005 by 130000UTC. High south Greenland 1016 slow-moving, intensifying 1018 by same time

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High seas forecast and storm warnings map

Sole

Wind
Northeast 3 or 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Fair.
Visibility
Good.

Shannon

Wind
Variable, becoming north or northeast later, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain with fog patches later.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

Rockall

Wind
Variable, mainly east or northeast, 2 to 4.
Sea state
Moderate.
Weather
Rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Bailey

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, but 6 at first in northwest, becoming variable 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, but rough until later in northwest.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Faeroes

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 until later, becoming variable 3 or less later in southeast.
Sea state
Moderate or rough, but slight east of faeroe islands.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Wind
Southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 until later.
Sea state
Moderate or rough.
Weather
Rain.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

Wind
Cyclonic 3 to 5 in southeast, otherwise westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog patches for a time in southeast.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor, but occasionally very poor in southeast.

West Northern Section

Wind
Cyclonic 2 to 4 in north, otherwise westerly or southwesterly 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in east and later in west.
Sea state
Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain mainly in central area, otherwise fair, but fog patches later in far northwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate in central area and very poor later in far northwest.

East Central Section

Wind
Northeasterly 2 to 4 in southeast, otherwise cyclonic 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate, becoming slight in southeast.
Weather
Thundery showers in far southeast, rain or showers, some thundery, but mainly fair in southeast.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor except in southeast.

West Central Section

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 in north, otherwise cyclonic 4 to 6, decreasing 2 to 4 later.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally slight in northwest.
Weather
Rain or showers, thundery at first, but fair in north.
Visibility
Good, occasionally poor except in north.

Denmark Strait

Wind
Variable 2 to 4 becoming cyclonic 3 to 5.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Rain or showers in east, fog banks, mainly within 100 miles of greenland.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor within 100 miles of greenland.

North Iceland

In north

Wind
Westerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 4 or less.
Sea state
Slight or moderate.
Weather
Occasional rain, fog banks in west.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in west.

In south

Wind
Cyclonic 4 to 6, becoming variable, mainly westerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4 later.
Sea state
Slight or moderate, occasionally rough until later in southeast.
Weather
Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
Visibility
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

Norwegian Basin

Wind
Variable 3 or less in southeast, otherwise southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in northwest.
Sea state
Moderate, occasionally rough at first in northeast then in northwest.
Weather
Occasional rain at first in southeast and later in northwest.
Visibility
Good, occasionally moderate at first in southeast and later in northwest.

Outlook for following 24 hours

No gales expected.

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

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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