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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

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate, becoming slight in east.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers, but fair in Moray Firth.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate, but smooth or slight in Moray Firth.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 3 or 4, veering north or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate near Rattray Head.
    • Weather

      Fair then showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest becoming variable, 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming slight later.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight.
    • Weather

      Showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Showers at first.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Cyclonic 3 or 4, occasionally 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly 4 or 5, backing southerly 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Showers at first in north.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic then northeasterly, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 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 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly backing southerly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 5 or 6, becoming cyclonic then northerly or northwesterly, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight, occasionally moderate at first and later.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 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

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

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 18:00 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

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing south or southeast 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, then veering west or southwest 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Isles of Scilly later.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest veering northwest, 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 18:00 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

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Fair then rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate, occasionally poor.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering north or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 18:00 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

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, becoming cyclonic later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Cyclonic, becoming northerly or northwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7, perhaps gale 8 for a time in south.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  11. Great Ormes Head to the Mull of Galloway

    Great Ormes Head to the Mull of Galloway

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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing southeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first and later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      East or southeast 4 or 5, backing north or northwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, decreasing 3 or 4, becoming variable 2 or 3 then southeast 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast backing northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain at first, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate, becoming smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in north.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 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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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 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, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming northwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in North Channel.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  16. The Minch

    The Minch

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    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming south 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South 4 or 5, veering north or northwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasionally wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasionally wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing west for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6, then backing southwest 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough later in northwest.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasionally wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 18:00 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.

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, backing west 5 or 6, veering northwest later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional showers, some wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

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

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 for a time, backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough later in northwest.
    • Weather

      Occasional showers, some wintry.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 to 4, locally 5 at first, decreasing 1 to 3 after midnight, backing southwest to south mid-morning and increasing 4 to 5 by midday, then 5 to 6 mid-afternoon and 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming slight locally smooth, then moderate to rather rough in the afternoon.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers rain spreading from the west after dawn, heavy at times.
    • Visibility

      Good, locally moderate to poor in rain.

    18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 27th Dec

    • Wind

      South to southwest 5 to 7, very soon veering southwest to west and increasing 6 to 7, locally gale 8 in the north, further veering northwest to north around midnight, decreasing 4 to 5 by early Saturday afternoon.
    • Sea State

      Rather rough to rough, becoming rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain clearing early evening, then isolated hail showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to good, locally poor in rain and showers.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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Strong wind warning

18:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

  • Wind

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

    Slight, occasionally moderate at first and later.
  • Weather

    Rain later.
  • Visibility

    Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

18:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 17:59 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

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

    Rain then showers.
  • Visibility

    Moderate occasionally poor, becoming good.

Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec