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The British Isles will lie in a mainly westerly airflow during the next 24 hours. However a developing Atlantic low passing eastwards between Iceland and Shetland will strengthen this flow, bringing severe gale or storm force winds to the far north during Tuesday night and Wednesday.

* Wind or gale warning issued

  1. From Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney * warning

    From Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough in north, slight or moderate in south.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8 veering west gale 8 to storm 10, then veering northwest 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in Moray Firth, otherwise rough or very rough, but becoming high or very high for a time in north.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, becoming poor for a time in north.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed * warning

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8 veering west 7 to severe gale 9, then veering northwest 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough, but becoming very rough for a time later near Rattray Head.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, then decreasing 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7, veering west 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West, backing southwest later, 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly backing southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first in north, then decreasing 3 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate in north.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 4 or 5 increasing 6 or 7, then veering westerly 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair then occasional drizzle with fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 or 6 increasing 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair then occasional drizzle with fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  8. Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly * warning

    Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
    • Weather

      Fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 in east.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  9. Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel * warning

    Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming rough in west.
    • Weather

      Drizzle at times, fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first, then decreasing 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  10. St Davids Head to Great Ormes Head, including St Georges Channel * warning

    St Davids Head to Great Ormes Head, including St Georges Channel

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 for a time in north, then increasing 6 or 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first, then veering west 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  11. Great Ormes Head to the Mull of Galloway * warning

    Great Ormes Head to the Mull of Galloway

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3 for a time, then increasing 6 or 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain at times, fog patches for a time later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West 4 or 5 backing southwest 3 or 4, then increasing 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain and fog patches later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate to very poor later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, then increasing 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then occasionally 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough in north.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  14. The Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and the North Channel * warning

    The Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and the North Channel

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then increasing 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then occasionally 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough for a time.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point * warning

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then increasing 6 or 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in shelter in south.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west or northwest, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then occasionally 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, then backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8 veering west gale 8 to storm 10, then veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south and north, and becoming high for a time in far north.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor in far north.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  17. Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath including the Outer Hebrides * warning

    Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath including the Outer Hebrides

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, then backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8 veering west gale 8 to storm 10, then veering northwest 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming high or very high for a time.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, becoming poor for a time.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West or northwest 7 to severe gale 9 decreasing 4 or 5, then backing southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in sheltered east, otherwise very rough or high, becoming rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

    For coastal areas up to 60 nautical miles from Lerwick, Shetland

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Westerly gale force 8 imminent, increasing severe gale force 9 soon, issued at 0343 on Monday 20 February.

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 05:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West or northwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in sheltered east, otherwise very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 to 7 backing west 4 or 5, then backing southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in sheltered east, otherwise rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Mon 20th Feb – 17:59 UTC Tue 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly 4 to 5, occasionally 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight to moderate, increasing moderate to rather rough overnight.
    • Weather

      Occasional light drizzle with mist and fog patches, thinning by Tuesday morning.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to poor, occasionally very poor overnight, perhaps locally good at times on Tuesday.

    18:00 UTC Tue 21st Feb – 17:59 UTC Wed 22nd Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly 4 to 5, occasionally 6, increasing 5 to 6 overnight, occasionally 7 near Alderney by Wednesday morning, backing southwest by evening.
    • Sea State

      Moderate to rather rough Jersey southwards, with a low swell, and rather rough to rough to the north.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle, with mist and a risk of fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to good, occasionally poor or very poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Monday 20th Feb