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A weak ridge of high pressure will cross the United Kingdom from the west early on boxing day. This will be followed by a deepening Atlantic depression which is expected to cross central and southern areas later in day, bringing the risk of gales to southern and southwestern coasts for a time.

* 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 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near Orkney.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing southwest 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers at first in north.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first in north.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 3 or 4, veering northwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate in north.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing southwest 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming slight later.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest, becoming variable, 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight.
    • Weather

      Showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Showers at first.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 3 or 4, backing east or northeast 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly 5 or 6, backing westerly 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Showers for a time in north.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 3 or 4, backing southeasterly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic then northerly later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, then becoming northerly later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing south 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
    • Weather

      Fair, rain later in west.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, veering west then north, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing south or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers at first, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 5 or 6, veering west then northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3, then becoming southeast 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming slight for a time.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast 5 to 7, veering west then north or northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, backing southwest 3 or 4, then backing southeast later, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers at first, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast becoming cyclonic, then becoming north or northwest, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in south.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4, backing south later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming slight, occasionally smooth.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 3 or 4, backing east or northeast 5 to 7, then backing northwest 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4, becoming variable later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming smooth in south.
    • Weather

      Showers mainly in north.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain for a time in south.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

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

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

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Showers then mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough in west at first, becoming mainly slight.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  16. The Minch

    The Minch

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming mainly southwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far south and in far north.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest veering northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate in far south and in far north.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasionally wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  17. Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath including the Outer Hebrides

    Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath including the Outer Hebrides

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming mainly southwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest veering northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasionally wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing west for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally 4.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Nil

    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing west, 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, some wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 or 6, veering northwest 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 3 or 4 in west later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers at first, some wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands

    The Channel Islands

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    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 to 5, decreasing 3 to 4 this evening, then 1 to 3 overnight, backing southwest to south 4 to 5 by midday.
    • Sea State

      Moderate decreasing slight overnight, locally smooth for a time.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers rain spreading from the west after dawn.
    • Visibility

      Good, locally moderate later.

    12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South to southwest 4 to 5, veering southwest to west 6 to 7 by evening, west to northwest before midnight, locally gale 8, veering northwest to north 5 to 6 by late morning.
    • Sea State

      Slight with swell, increasing rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain clearing early evening, then isolated showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to good, locally poor at times.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

From Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

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Strong wind warning

12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

  • Wind

    Northwest backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 near Orkney.
  • Sea State

    Slight or moderate.
  • Weather

    Wintry showers.
  • Visibility

    Good, occasionally moderate.

12:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

  • Wind

    Southwest veering west or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6.
  • Sea State

    Slight in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate.
  • Weather

    Wintry showers.
  • Visibility

    Good, occasionally moderate.

Issued at 12:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec