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A ridge of high pressure will move eastwards on Saturday before the next Atlantic frontal system moves in from the west 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

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high north and west of Orkney, and rough or very rough in far southeast, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Squally showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly 4 or 5, but 6 in far southeast at first, backing westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore in south otherwise moderate or rough, but north and west of Orkney, high becoming very rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed * warning

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 or 6 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 or 6 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West 6 to gale 8 decreasing 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 or 6 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or northwesterly backing southwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore in south, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest backing southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7 decreasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 4 or 5 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7 decreasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in east, rough in west.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 4 or 5 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in east, moderate or rough in west.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 4 or 5 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight in good shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 4 or 5 backing southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 or 6 increasing 6 or 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly veering northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north at first, backing southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers then fair, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 4 or 5 increasing 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly veering northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north at first, backing southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough, but very rough in far northwest.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 4 or 5 increasing 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point * warning

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally showers then fair, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest, veering west later, 5 to 7, but mainly 4 or 5 at first.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally showers then fair, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th 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 Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

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

      High or very high, becoming very rough later.
    • Weather

      Squally showers then fair, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      High in west otherwise rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, thundery at first.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Westerly severe gale 9 continuing.

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 05:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      West veering northwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, high in the west.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, perhaps thunder.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

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

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough, high in the west.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, perhaps thunder at first.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest to west 5 to 6, decreasing 4 to 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Rather rough, locally rough.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers by the morning.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 to 5, backing west decreasing 3 to 4 by midnight, further backing southwest by Sunday morning and increasing 5 to 6.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, locally rather rough at first, decreasing moderate with swell overnight, becoming rather rough, locally rough Sunday morning.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec

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

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Strong wind warning

18:00 UTC Fri 19th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sat 20th Dec

  • Wind

    Westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, decreasing 4 or 5 later.
  • Sea State

    Moderate or rough.
  • Weather

    Showers then fair.
  • Visibility

    Good.

18:00 UTC Sat 20th Dec – 17:59 UTC Sun 21st Dec

  • Wind

    West or northwest 4 or 5 backing southwest 5 to 7.
  • Sea State

    Moderate or rough.
  • Weather

    Fair then rain or drizzle.
  • Visibility

    Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Issued at 18:00 UTC on Friday 19th Dec