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Low pressure centred to the west of the British Isles will maintain the strong and unstable westerly or southwesterly flow across much of the United Kingdom during the next 48 hours.

* 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 Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming mainly slight in inner Moray Firth.
    • Weather

      Showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north at first.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest, backing southeast for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first in north.
    • Weather

      Showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest backing southeast later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate at first in east.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in far southeast.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in far southeast, backing southeasterly 4 or 5 later in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times.
    • Sea State

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

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate at times in shelter, then occasionally high later in far west.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Mainly moderate in shelter, otherwise rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 to 7, backing south 4 or 5 for a time, then perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Very rough at first in west, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest, veering west later, 5 or 6, increasing 7 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far southwest.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 or 6, backing southeast 4 or 5 later, then veering southwest 6 or 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, backing south or southeast 5 to 7 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in west.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasionally thundery.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, backing south or southeast 4 or 5 later, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in southwest.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West 4 or 5, backing southwest 5 to 7, then backing south 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight later.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in northwest and southeast.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasionally thundery.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time, then becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in northwest.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 5, increasing 6 or 7, then decreasing 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Mull of Galloway.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasionally thundery.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 for a time, then backing southeasterly later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Mull of Kintyre.
    • Weather

      Showers, then rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in northwest, veering westerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, but moderate or slight in far southeast.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 4 or 5, backing southwesterly 5 to 7, then backing southerly 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west, but occasionally slight in far southeast.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      South 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, but rough or very rough in south.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, but rough or very rough in far south.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      South 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, veering southerly 4 or 5, then occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain until later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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 severe gale force 9 decreasing gale force 8 imminent issued at 1555 UTC on Tuesday 18 December 2018

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Wed 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in east, veering southerly 4 or 5 later in all but far east
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally high in northeast
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, becoming mainly fair later in all but far east
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later in all but far east

    18:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 5 to 7 at first in far east, otherwise southerly 5 or 6, occasionally 4 at first
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough
    • Weather

      Occasional rain at first in far east, otherwise fair
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor at first in far east, otherwise mainly good

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th 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

    06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 6 with gusts to 40kt mainly around showers, occasionally 4 in the south, generally increasing 6 to 7 this evening, veering west overnight perhaps with gusts to 45kt.
    • Sea State

      Moderate to rather rough in the south, rather rough to rough in the north, locally very rough overnight.
    • Weather

      Scattered showers with a risk of hail and thunder.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to good, occasionally moderate to poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West 6 to 7, perhaps with gusts to 45kt, decreasing 5 to 6 by midday, backing southwest to south by early evening, veering southwest to west 6 to 7 overnight.
    • Sea State

      Rather rough to rough in the south, rough to very rough in the north, generally decreasing moderate to rather rough for a time in the late afternoon and evening, with a low swell.
    • Weather

      Scattered showers, with a risk of hail and thunder at first, becoming isolated by afternoon outbreaks of rain and drizzle from early evening.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to good, occasionally moderate to poor.

    Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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Strong wind warning

06:00 UTC Wed 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 20th Dec

  • Wind

    South or southwest, backing southeast for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
  • Sea State

    Moderate, occasionally rough at first in north.
  • Weather

    Showers later.
  • Visibility

    Good.

06:00 UTC Thu 20th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 21st Dec

  • Wind

    South or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 for a time.
  • Sea State

    Slight or moderate.
  • Weather

    Showers.
  • Visibility

    Good.

Issued at 06:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).