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The United Kingdom currently lies under a weak ridge of high pressure which is bringing a brief quieter spell than of late. As this ridge moves away eastwards through Saturday afternoon it will be followed by a much stronger southwesterly flow for Saturday night and 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

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 4 to 6, becoming variable 3 or 4, then becoming south or southeast 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in north, slight or moderate in south.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      South veering west or southwest, then veering north later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight at first in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough in far northwest.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed * warning

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, backing south or southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers at first, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate later.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight later in south.
    • Weather

      Rain at first, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest later, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 at times later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough offshore.
    • Weather

      Rain at first, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest later, 4 to 6, increasing 7 at times later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough offshore.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly backing southwesterly later, 4 to 6, increasing 7 at times later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers at first.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then backing southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers at first.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then backing southwest 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers at first.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming rough, then becoming very rough later, occasionally high later offshore.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight at first in lyme bay, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west, 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate at first in lyme bay, otherwise rough or very rough, becoming high later west of the Lizard peninsula, occasionally very high later near Isles of Scilly.
    • Weather

      Rain at first, then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest later, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering west 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming high later, occasionally very high later in southwest.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly later, 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later in south.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming high later in south.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 4 to 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain at first, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing south or southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers then occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest, veering northwest later, 7 to severe gale 9, perhaps storm 10 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming high later in north.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly backing southerly or southwesterly, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 later in south.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers then occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly, veering northwesterly later, 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 later, perhaps storm 10 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Mull of Galloway.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point * warning

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 to 6, backing southwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times later, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest, veering northwest later, 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 at times later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming high later in west.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West 3 to 5, backing south or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight at first in central areas, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough later in south.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic, mainly northwest, 7 to severe gale 9 later, perhaps storm 10 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in north, otherwise rough or very rough, becoming high later in south.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      West 3 to 5, backing south or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough, occasionally very rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic, mainly northwest, 7 to severe gale 9 later, perhaps storm 10 later.
    • Sea State

      Very rough becoming high later.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first, then backing south or southeast 6 to gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle at time of issue: Southeasterly gale force 8 at time of issue.

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 11:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 or 6 decreasing 3 or 4
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough
    • Weather

      Wintry showers
    • Visibility

      Mainly good

    12:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 or 4 backing southeast 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 later
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west
    • Weather

      Fair then rain
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate at times

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest to west 4 to 5, locally 6 at first, backing west to southwest 3 to 4 by mid-morning, then southwest to south 4 to 5 late afternoon, increasing 5 to 7 by midnight.
    • Sea State

      Rather rough decreasing slight to moderate before dawn, increasing rather rough in the north during the evening.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers dying out by evening rain in the west by midnight.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

    • Wind

      South to southwest 6 to 7, locally gale 8 in the north, veering west before dawn, increasing 7 to gale 8 with gusts to 50kt by early afternoon and gale 8 to severe gale 9 with gusts to 60kt by midnight.
    • Sea State

      Rather rough to rough increasing rough to very rough by mid-morning, and very rough to high in the evening.
    • Weather

      Rain clearing soon after dawn scattered squally showers by late morning.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to good, becoming moderate to poor in rain and showers.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

St Davids Head to Great Ormes Head, including St Georges Channel

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Strong wind warning

00:00 UTC Sat 7th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 7th Dec

  • Wind

    West backing southwest, 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 later, perhaps severe gale 9 later.
  • Sea State

    Slight or moderate, becoming rough or very rough later.
  • Weather

    Showers, rain later.
  • Visibility

    Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

00:00 UTC Sun 8th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sun 8th Dec

  • Wind

    Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly later, 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later in south.
  • Sea State

    Rough or very rough, becoming high later in south.
  • Weather

    Rain then squally showers.
  • Visibility

    Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

Issued at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 7th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).