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A very mild and rather unsettled southwesterly airstream will affect the United Kingdom during the next few days. However, a small area of low pressure will bring severe gales or storms to the far north 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in northwest, decreasing 4 or 5 later in southeast.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high for a time in northwest.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain in north.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northwest, backing southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth at times in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough in northwest.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest, backing south, 4 or 5, occasionally 3 at first, then increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth in south.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then decreasing 3 at times.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest, backing south, 3 or 4, increasing 5 at times, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times, then occasionally 3 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later, fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times, then occasionally 3 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later in north.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times, then occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, occasionally moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate, occasionally slight at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate, occasionally slight.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in Lyme Bay.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches later.
    • Visibility

      Good at first, becoming moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in west.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times in Lyme Bay, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle and fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, decreasing 4 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight in Severn Estuary, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches later.
    • Visibility

      Good at first, becoming moderate or poor, occasionally very poor later.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 at times, then increasing 6 or 7 in west.
    • Sea State

      Slight in Severn Estuary, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in west.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches at first.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in north.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first in north.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches at first.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor at first.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest, becoming variable later, 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fog patches.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Smooth at times in east, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest, becoming variable later, 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 3 or 4, becoming south or southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then decreasing 3 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then decreasing 3 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7, then occasionally 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north, but decreasing 4 at times in south.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in north, becoming slight at times in south.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first, then perhaps gale 8 later in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times in south, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later in northwest.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in north, then decreasing 5 at times.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain in north.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly, backing southerly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in central areas.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th 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 Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in north, then decreasing 5 at times.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain in north.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly, backing southerly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
    • Sea State

      Rough, occasionally very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 or storm 10 for a time, occasionally 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high for a time.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Southwesterly severe gale force 9 increasing storm force 10 imminent, veering westerly and decreasing gale force 8 soon. Issued on 7th December at 1552 UTC.

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 05:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 or storm 10 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Mainly moderate at first, becoming rough or very rough, occasionally high.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    06:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough, becoming moderate in southeast.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast to south 4 to 5, perhaps locally 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight in the south to moderate in the north.
    • Weather

      Mist and the risk of fog patches, a little rain or drizzle at times on Thursday.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to poor, perhaps very poor, occasionally good.

    18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 4 to 5, perhaps locally 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight in the south to moderate in the north, with swell.
    • Weather

      Some mist or fog patches, a little rain or drizzle at times.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to very poor, occasionally good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec

From Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney

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Strong wind warning

18:00 UTC Wed 7th Dec – 17:59 UTC Thu 8th Dec

  • Wind

    Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in northwest, decreasing 4 or 5 later in southeast.
  • Sea State

    Slight at times in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high for a time in northwest.
  • Weather

    Occasional rain in north.
  • Visibility

    Moderate or good, occasionally poor in north.

18:00 UTC Thu 8th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 9th Dec

  • Wind

    Southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northwest, backing southerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
  • Sea State

    Smooth at times in Moray Firth, otherwise slight or moderate, occasionally rough in northwest.
  • Weather

    Occasional rain.
  • Visibility

    Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Issued at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th Dec