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A very strong southwesterly airflow will veer northwesterly for a while as a squally cold front sweeps eastwards during Thursday.

* 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwesterly, 4 or 5 at first in east, otherwise 6 to gale 8, veering westerly 7 to severe gale 9 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough in east, moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in north.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor in north.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly backing southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough in east, very rough or high in north.
    • Weather

      Squally showers, rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      South or southwest 5 or 6, veering west or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate at times in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      South or southwest veering northwest, then backing west later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times near shore, otherwise moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

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

      Slight at times near shore, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough offshore.
    • Weather

      Showers then occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      South or southwest veering northwest, then backing west later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times near shore, otherwise moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, squally for a time, mainly fair later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times near shore, otherwise moderate, occasionally rough offshore.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, then veering westerly or northwesterly later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle, squally for a time, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Westerly 5 to 7, backing southwesterly 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwesterly veering westerly or northwesterly later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle, squally for a time, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, then backing west 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
    • Weather

      Drizzle then squally rain, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor until later.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, then backing west 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east.
    • Weather

      Drizzle then squally rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in east.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, then backing west 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

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

      Drizzle then squally rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7, backing southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough at first in east, otherwise rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering northwest 6 to gale 8, then backing west 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in south.
    • Weather

      Rain, squally for a time, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough becoming rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west or northwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain, squally for a time, then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west for a time, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate at first in east, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high in north.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers, squally at times.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high in far north, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Squally showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwesterly veering westerly for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough, then very rough or high towards the Mull of Kintyre.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers, squally at times.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good at first.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west for a time, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, but very rough becoming high in far north and in far south.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, but mainly high in far north and in far south.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west for a time, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high, occasionally very high later in west.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough near Sutherland, otherwise high.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      South veering southwest, then west later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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: Gale now ceased, but southeasterly severe gale force 9 expected soon, veering southwest later. Issued 0342 UTC on Wed 18th Feb 2020

    00:00 UTC Thu 20th Feb – 11:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in west.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming high in north and west but moderate in shelter just east of shetland
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

    12:00 UTC Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwesterly veering westerly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times in north and west.
    • Sea State

      High in north and west, rough or very rough elsewhere but moderate in shelter just east of shetland.
    • Weather

      Showers, wintry for a time.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate or poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb 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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

    • Wind

      Southwest to south 5 to 6, occasionally 7 in the north of the area, generally increasing 6 to 7 after dawn, occasionally gale 8 with gusts to 50kt, veering northwest early afternoon, decreasing 5 to 7 by evening, backing west 4 to 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate to rather rough with a moderate swell, locally rough mid-channel, generally increasing rough by midday, locally very rough, decreasing rather rough to rough later.
    • Weather

      Occasional light rain, becoming persistent and heavy for a time late morning, clearing eastwards during the afternoon, then risk of showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate, perhaps occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

    • Wind

      West 4 to 5, locally 6, backing southwest 5 to 6 by mid-morning, locally 7 mid-channel.
    • Sea State

      Rather rough to rough, locally moderate in the south and east with a moderate swell, perhaps locally very rough mid-channel later.
    • Weather

      Risk of showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, perhaps occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

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 Thu 20th Feb – 23:59 UTC Thu 20th Feb

  • Wind

    Southwesterly veering westerly for a time, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later.
  • Sea State

    Slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough, then very rough or high towards the Mull of Kintyre.
  • Weather

    Rain then showers, squally at times.
  • Visibility

    Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

00:00 UTC Fri 21st Feb – 23:59 UTC Fri 21st Feb

  • Wind

    Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9.
  • Sea State

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

    Squally showers then rain.
  • Visibility

    Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 20th Feb by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).