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A weak ridge of high pressure at first will give way to a deepening Atlantic depression, expected to cross central and southern areas later today, bringing strong to gale-force winds to southwestern and southern coasts. Strong winds are also expected on northern and western coasts at times.

* 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

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, veering northerly later in northwest.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering northwest 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northeast 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain for a time later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northeast 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate later in north.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8 in south.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      Easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in far south, decreasing 4 in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first in far south.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or less, becoming southerly 4 or 5, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      Northerly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later.
    • Weather

      Rain then wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 5 to 7, veering west or northwest 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate or rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th 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

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or less, becoming south 5 or 6, veering west or northwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
    • Weather

      Rain for a time, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest veering north 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th 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

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3, becoming south 5 to 7, veering west or northwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough except in the Bristol Channel.
    • Weather

      Rain for a time, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 to 7, veering northeast 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, but mainly slight in the Bristol Channel.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th 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

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic then northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in far south.
    • Weather

      Rain for a time, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering northeast 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in south.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th 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

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming southeast 4 or 5 for a time, then becoming northwest 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later near Mull of Galloway.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers, wintry later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, veering northeast 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest backing east 3 or 4, occasionally 5, backing northwest and increasing 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight becoming moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming north or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 later, perhaps gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Rain or wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest veering north 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th 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

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 in the North Channel.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming moderate later in the North Channel.
    • Weather

      Rain or wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly veering northerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in the North Channel, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in the North Channel.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point * warning

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming west or northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough later in west.
    • Weather

      Showers becoming squally and wintry later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming mainly slight.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th 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

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 4 or 5, veering northwest 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough later.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming very rough later.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southwest then cyclonic 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Nil in operation at time of issue.

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4 then south or southwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest becoming cyclonic 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest to west 1 to 3, soon backing southwest to south, increasing 4 to 5 by midday, then 5 to 6 mid-afternoon, veering west 7 to gale 8 by mid-evening, further veering northwest by Saturday morning.
    • Sea State

      Slight, increasing moderate to rather rough in the afternoon and rough to very rough during the evening.
    • Weather

      Rain spreading from the west, heavy at times, clearing to isolated showers Friday evening.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate to poor in rain, then mainly moderate later.

    06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 6 to 7 during the morning, veering northerly in the evening decreasing 5 by Sunday morning.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough decreasing rather rough to rough by afternoon, then moderate to rather rough by Sunday morning.
    • Weather

      Scattered rain or hail showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec

The Channel Islands

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Strong wind warning

06:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

  • Wind

    Northwest to west 1 to 3, soon backing southwest to south, increasing 4 to 5 by midday, then 5 to 6 mid-afternoon, veering west 7 to gale 8 by mid-evening, further veering northwest by Saturday morning.
  • Sea State

    Slight, increasing moderate to rather rough in the afternoon and rough to very rough during the evening.
  • Weather

    Rain spreading from the west, heavy at times, clearing to isolated showers Friday evening.
  • Visibility

    Good, becoming moderate to poor in rain, then mainly moderate later.

06:00 UTC Sat 27th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 28th Dec

  • Wind

    Northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 6 to 7 during the morning, veering northerly in the evening decreasing 5 by Sunday morning.
  • Sea State

    Rough or very rough decreasing rather rough to rough by afternoon, then moderate to rather rough by Sunday morning.
  • Weather

    Scattered rain or hail showers.
  • Visibility

    Moderate to good.

Issued at 06:00 UTC on Friday 26th Dec