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A very strong westerly airflow will continue to affect the United Kingdom during the next couple of days. Cold fronts moving southwards tonight and early Friday will spread cooler and fresher conditions down from the north.

* 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Moderate in inner Moray Firth, otherwise rough or very rough in east, very rough or high in north.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor in north.

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

    • Wind

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

      Moderate in inner Moray Firth, otherwise rough or very rough in east, very rough or high in north.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    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

      Mainly slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5, increasing 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

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

    • Wind

      West veering northwest later, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, decreasing 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later, decreasing 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

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

    • Wind

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

      Slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, veering westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor at first.

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

    • Wind

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

      Slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 7 to severe gale 9, veering northwesterly 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

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

    • Wind

      Northwesterly backing westerly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, veering northwest 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good later.

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

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Rain or drizzle, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

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

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 to 7, backing west 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9, veering northwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle, then fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

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

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 to 7, backing west 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering west 6 to gale 8, decreasing 5 for a time.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle, becoming fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming good.

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

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain then showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

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

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 5 or 6, increasing 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

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

    • Wind

      West 6 or 7, occasionally gale 8, decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first in east, increasing severe gale 9 at times later in north.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough in east, very rough or high in north.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

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

    • Wind

      Westerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in north, backing southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 at first.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, but very rough in far north.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

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

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, and very rough in far north.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Very rough or high, occasionally very high in northwest.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

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

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

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

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally wintry showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th 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 Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      High or very high.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

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

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally wintry showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Very rough in east, high, occasionally very high in west.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, occasionally thundery.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

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

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

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

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

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 05:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 or gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time in the west, veering west later.
    • Sea State

      Very rough in the east, high in the west.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, possibly thundery.
    • Visibility

      Good but moderate or poor in showers.

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

    • Wind

      West gale 8 or severe gale 9, but 7 at first in the east.
    • Sea State

      Very rough in the east, high in the west, perhaps very high in the far west.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers, possibly thundery.
    • Visibility

      Good but moderate or poor in showers.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

    • Wind

      West to southwest 6 to 7 with gusts to 45kt, locally gale 8 in the north, veering northwest Friday morning and decreasing mainly 5.
    • Sea State

      Rough, locally very rough in the north overnight.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle, rain after midnight, locally heavy by dawn, clearing from the northwest late morning, risk of a shower later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to poor, becoming good Friday morning.

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

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 to 5, increasing 5 to 6 for a time Saturday morning.
    • Sea State

      Rough, soon decreasing rather rough with a swell.
    • Weather

      Risk of shower.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec

Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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Strong wind warning

18:00 UTC Thu 18th Dec – 17:59 UTC Fri 19th Dec

  • Wind

    Southwesterly 6 to gale 8, veering westerly or northwesterly 5 to 7 later.
  • Sea State

    Mainly slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
  • Weather

    Occasional rain, fair later.
  • Visibility

    Good, occasionally poor at first.

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

  • Wind

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

    Slight near shore otherwise moderate or rough.
  • Weather

    Fair.
  • Visibility

    Good.

Issued at 18:00 UTC on Thursday 18th Dec