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A deep area of low pressure near Iceland and a large high pressure area to the west of Iberia will maintain the strong westerly airflow across the United Kingdom. Cold fronts will edge southwards, clearing southeast England early Friday, introducing clearer and fresher conditions.

* 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

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high north and west of Orkney and mainly slight near shore in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest later, 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Slight in inner Moray Firth otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough or high north and west of Orkney.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed * warning

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate becoming good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, becoming fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate becoming good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly veering westerly later 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, becoming fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, veering northwesterly 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough, occasionally very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly backing westerly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough for a time.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in shelter otherwise rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  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

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough west of the Lizard.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  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

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 , veering northwest 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate or rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  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

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 5 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, but very rough for a time in south.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle, becoming fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  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

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle, becoming fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 or 7 veering west 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 6 or 7, increasing 7 or gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in far north.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough or high in far north.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  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

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, and becoming very rough in far north.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, and very rough in far north.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point * warning

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in shelter otherwise rough or very rough, becoming high or very high.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest later, 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in shelter otherwise very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, but very rough or high in far north and in far south.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest later, 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, but very rough or high in far north and far south.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  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

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      High or very high.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest later, 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      High or very high, becoming very rough later.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally 6 at first in east.
    • Sea State

      Rough in sheltered east, otherwise very rough becoming high.
    • Weather

      Squally, thundery wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Southwesterly severe gale force 9.

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 18th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 or gale 8, perhaps 6 in the east at first, increasing severe gale 9 later in the west,.
    • Sea State

      Very rough increasing high in the west, rough in the lee of Shetland.
    • Weather

      Squally showers, thundery/wintry at times later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor in heavy showers.

    00:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, veering west later.
    • Sea State

      Very rough but high in the west.
    • Weather

      Squally showers, thundery/wintry at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor in heavy showers.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West to southwest 6 to 7 with gusts to 45kt, increasing gale 8 in the north by late afternoon, veering west to northwest Friday morning, decreasing 4 to 5.
    • Sea State

      Rough, locally very rough in the north overnight.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle, rain after midnight, locally heavy by dawn, starting to clear by midday.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to poor.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 to 5, backing westerly on Saturday.
    • Sea State

      Rough, decreasing moderate to rather rough with swell.
    • Weather

      Any rain soon clearing, risk of shower.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

The Minch

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Strong wind warning

12:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

  • Wind

    West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
  • Sea State

    Moderate or rough, but very rough or high in far north and in far south.
  • Weather

    Showers.
  • Visibility

    Moderate or good.

12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

  • Wind

    West veering northwest later, 7 to severe gale 9.
  • Sea State

    Moderate or rough, but very rough or high in far north and far south.
  • Weather

    Squally wintry showers.
  • Visibility

    Moderate.

Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec