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A ridge of high pressure will move eastwards on Saturday before the next Atlantic frontal system moves in from the west overnight and Sunday.

* 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 Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly veering northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 for a time later in north.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high north and west of Orkney, and rough or very rough in far southeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Mainly slight near shore in south otherwise moderate or rough, but north and west of Orkney, high becoming very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 6 to gale 8 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 6 to gale 8 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

      West 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West 6 to gale 8 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

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

      Mainly slight near shore in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 6 to gale 8 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

      Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly backing southwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 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

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Mainly fair, then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight in good shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

      West or northwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest backing southwest 6 or 7, decreasing 5 or 6 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

      Westerly veering northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north at first.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly veering northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north at first.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly backing southwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate in shelter otherwise rough or very rough, but high at first in west.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 to 7 backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 to 7 backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

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

      High in west otherwise rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, thundery at first.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Westerly severe gale 9 continuing.

    12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly gale 8 or severe gale 9, perhaps occasionally storm 10.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, high in the west.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, perhaps thunder.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough, high in the west.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, perhaps thunder at first.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

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

    • Wind

      Northwest to west 5 to 6, locally 4 at times.
    • Sea State

      Rough, very soon decreasing rather rough, locally rough again overnight.
    • Weather

      Risk of a shower by dawn.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest to west 4 to 5, locally 6 at first, backing west 3 to 4 by midnight and southwest by Sunday morning.
    • Sea State

      Rather rough decreasing moderate overnight, locally slight with a swell.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

Shetland Isles

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Strong wind warning

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

  • Wind

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

    High in west otherwise rough or very rough.
  • Weather

    Squally wintry showers, thundery at first.
  • Visibility

    Mainly good.

12:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

  • Wind

    --
  • Sea State

    --
  • Weather

    --
  • Visibility

    --

Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

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

Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Westerly severe gale 9 continuing.

12:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

  • Wind

    Westerly gale 8 or severe gale 9, perhaps occasionally storm 10.
  • Sea State

    Rough or very rough, high in the west.
  • Weather

    Squally wintry showers, perhaps thunder.
  • Visibility

    Mainly good.

00:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

  • Wind

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

    Rough or very rough, high in the west.
  • Weather

    Squally wintry showers, perhaps thunder at first.
  • Visibility

    Mainly good.

Issued at 12:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec