Piracy Weather Forecast: AUG 23-29

GULF OF ADEN: South-southwesterly winds of 18 – 22 knots with seas of 3 – 5 feet in the western portion of the Gulf. In the eastern portion, west-southwesterly winds of 12 – 16 knots, becoming west-southwesterly at 6 – 10 knots with seas of 5 – 7 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: In the western portion of the Gulf, south-southwesterly winds of 8 – 12 knots, gusting to 16 knots, with seas of 3 – 5 feet, abating to 1 – 2 feet. In the eastern portion, southwesterly winds of 4 – 8 knots, becoming west-southwesterly at 6 – 10 knots with seas of 5 – 7 feet, which should abate to 1-3 feet.

SOMALI COAST: Southwesterly winds of 25 – 30 knots and seas of 10 – 14 feet, north of 5 degrees North; with southwesterly winds of 20 -25 knots and seas of 5 – 7 feet south of 5 degrees North. EXTENDED FORECAST: Southwesterly winds 20 – 25 knots with seas of 10 – 14 feet, abating to 8 – 12 feet, north of 5 degrees North; and southwesterly winds of 15 – 20 knots and seas of 5 – 7 feet south of 5 degrees North.

ARABIAN SEA: South-southwesterly winds of 10 – 15 knots and seas of 7 – 9 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: West-southwesterly winds of 15 – 20 knots and seas of 7 – 9 feet, abating to 5 – 7 feet.

CENTRAL AFRICAN COAST/INDIAN OCEAN: South-southeasterly winds 10 – 15 knots and seas of 4 – 6 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: South-southeasterly winds of 12 – 16 knots and seas of 5 – 7 feet.

MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL: South-southeasterly winds of 10 – 15 knots and seas of 2 – 4 feet in the northern channel; with south-southeasterly winds of 8 – 12 knots and seas of 2 – 4 feet in the southern channel. EXTENDED FORECAST: South-southeasterly winds of 8 – 12 knots and seas of 2 – 4 feet in the northern channel; south-southeasterly winds of 10 – 15 knots and seas of 5 – 7 feet in the southern channel.

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