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Northwesterly gales or severe gales, affecting northern and eastern areas at first, will decrease, as a ridge of high pressure moves eastwards across the United Kingdom. Another Atlantic frontal system will then follow from the west during Saturday night and through 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

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, but high for a time in far north, becoming moderate in south.
    • Weather

      Squally showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest, veering west later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later near Cape Wrath.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain, squally showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th 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 Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West, veering northwest, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, backing southwest 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, but very rough at first near Rattray Head.
    • Weather

      Squally showers then fair, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north.
    • Weather

      Rain at times, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming rough for a time.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 6 to gale 8, backing southwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming rough for a time.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally slight later.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing southwesterly 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate in south.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, decreasing 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasional rain or drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th 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 Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest, backing west, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      West, backing southwest, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th 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 Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest, backing southwest, 5 or 6, decreasing 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Rough, becoming moderate for a time.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough, occasionally very rough later near Pembrokeshire coasts.
    • Weather

      Fair then occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th 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 Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West, backing southwest, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps increasing gale 8 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th 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 Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest, backing southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later in north.
    • Weather

      Fair then occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 5 or 6, then backing southwest 6 or 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 or 7, perhaps increasing gale 8 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Showers, squally at first, rain or drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th 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 Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough or high at first near the Mull of Kintyre.
    • Weather

      Showers, squally at first, rain or drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th 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 Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest, backing southwest later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in west.
    • Weather

      Squally showers then fair, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally shower, rain and drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest, veering west, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th 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 Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, backing southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      High becoming rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Squally shower, rain and drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest, veering west, 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming high later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 6 or gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, decreasing 4 or 5, then backing south 6 or 7 later.
    • Sea State

      High becoming very rough, but moderate or rough in east.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers then fair, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor in west.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: severe gale force 9 veering northwesterly soon, issued at 19/1532

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      High at first in west, otherwise rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Squally showers, some wintry and thundery.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 or 6, backing west 4 or 5, then southwest 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Squally showers at first, then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good at first, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest to west 4 to 5, occasionally 6 in the north until midday, decreasing 3 to 4 for a time in the evening, backing west to southwest 4 to 5 again after midnight.
    • Sea State

      Moderate to rather rough, locally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      West to southwest 4 to 5, very soon increasing 5 to 6, backing southwest Monday morning.
    • Sea State

      Moderate to rather rough, increasing rough in the north and west in the afternoon.
    • Weather

      Patchy light rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good locally moderate to poor in drizzle.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec

Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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Strong wind warning

06:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

  • Wind

    West, veering northwest, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first, backing southwest 5 to 7 later.
  • Sea State

    Moderate or rough, but very rough at first near Rattray Head.
  • Weather

    Squally showers then fair, occasional rain later.
  • Visibility

    Good, occasionally moderate later.

06:00 UTC Sun 21st Dec – 05:59 UTC Mon 22nd Dec

  • Wind

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

    Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far north.
  • Weather

    Rain at times, fair later.
  • Visibility

    Moderate or good.

Issued at 06:00 UTC on Saturday 20th Dec