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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 current unsettled but relatively mild spell of weather in to the weekend.

* 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 Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7 increasing 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
    • 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

      Mainly good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 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 06:00 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

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6, increasing 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, becoming fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, becoming fair in north later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain in south at first.
    • Visibility

      Moderate in south at first otherwise good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle then fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, veering west 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle then fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 06:00 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

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Rain or drizzle, becoming fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 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

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in west, veering northwesterly 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in east, rough or very rough in west.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle, becoming fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in east, rough or very rough in west.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 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

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9 veering west 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle, becoming fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 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

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 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.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 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 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 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.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 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 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 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

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 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

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 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 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8 veering west 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate.

    Issued at 06:00 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

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8 veering west 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Very rough, becoming high or very high.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      High or very high.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 06:00 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 at time of issue

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 18th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high, but moderate or rough in shelter.
    • Weather

      Showers turning wintry.
    • Visibility

      Mostly good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West to southwest 6 to 7 with gusts to 45kt, increasing gale 8 in the north by late afternoon.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain and drizzle becoming persistent after midnight, perhaps locally heavy by dawn.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to poor.

    06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest to west 6 to 7, veering west to northwest 4 to 5 around mid-morning.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain, perhaps locally heavy, clearing by afternoon.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to poor, becoming good by afternoon.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

From Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

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Strong wind warning

06:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

  • Wind

    Southwest 5 to 7 increasing 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
  • 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

    Mainly good.

06:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

  • Wind

    Southwest veering west 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 06:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec