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A low centred just west of Denmark will move away eastwards. This will allow a ridge of high pressure to cross the United Kingdom from the west early on Boxing Day. A deep Atlantic depression is then expected to follow later in the day.

* 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 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      North 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first, backing west 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West, backing southwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first and later near Cape Wrath.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough near Orkney.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  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 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, backing west 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first near Rattray Head.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers at first in north.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate in north.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West, backing southwest, 3 or 4, increasing 5 for a time near Rattray Head.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth later near firths of Tay and Forth.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers, rain later in south.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough at first near Whitby.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest, veering east or northeast 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest, backing south or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, but moderate at first in north.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in north, veering northwesterly 4.
    • Sea State

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

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or northwesterly, backing southeasterly later, 3 or 4, increasing 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 5 or 6, veering northwesterly 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly or northwesterly 3 or 4, backing southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain and drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 5 to 7 later, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate or rough later.
    • Weather

      Rain and drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  8. Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

    Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

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    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
    • Weather

      Fair then occasional rain and drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  9. Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

    Lands End to St Davids Head including the Bristol Channel

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    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4 or 5, decreasing 3.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally slight later.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, then becoming west or northwest later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later near Lands End.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain and drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming slight.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 6 to gale 8, then becoming west or northwest later.
    • Sea State

      Slight becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain and drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming slight, occasionally smooth later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 3 or 4, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, then becoming north or northwest later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers then rain and drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest 6, decreasing 4 or 5, then becoming north or northwest 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming slight later.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      North or northwest 3 or 4, backing south or southeast 5 or 6, then veering west or northwest later.
    • Sea State

      Slight becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly, backing westerly, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at first in north, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers, squally at first in north.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 3 or 4, backing southeasterly 5 or 6, then backing northerly later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in east.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly, backing westerly, 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, but rough at first near the Mull of Kintyre, becoming slight in the Firth of Clyde.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly 3 or 4, backing southeasterly 5 or 6, then backing northerly later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later in the North Channel.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  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 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 5 to 7, decreasing 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Rough, becoming moderate.
    • Weather

      Thundery showers, squally at first.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 or 4, backing southeast 4 or 5, then backing north 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers, rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  16. The Minch

    The Minch

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    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate later.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers, thundery at first.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest, backing south for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate in far south and far north.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th 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

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Cyclonic, becoming northwest, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later near Cape Wrath.
    • Sea State

      Rough becoming moderate.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers, thundery at first.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      West or northwest, backing south for a time, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      North, backing northwest, 4 or 5, then backing south later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later in east.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Nil in operation at time of issue.

    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      North 5 or 6 backing northwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing west or southwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands

    The Channel Islands

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    00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 4, occasionally 5, decreasing 3 to 4 during the evening.
    • Sea State

      Mainly moderate.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, locally moderate in showers.

    00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 2 to 4, becoming variable in the morning, then south to southwest 5 to 6 by afternoon, veering west to northwest in the evening and increasing 6 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate with swell, decreasing slight for a time, becoming rather rough to rough later.
    • Weather

      Isolated showers at first outbreaks of rain from mid-morning.
    • Visibility

      Good, locally moderate to poor in rain.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

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00:00 UTC Thu 25th Dec – 23:59 UTC Thu 25th Dec

  • Wind

    Northwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 at first.
  • Sea State

    Slight or moderate.
  • Weather

    Fair.
  • Visibility

    Good.

00:00 UTC Fri 26th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 26th Dec

  • Wind

    Northwest 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later.
  • Sea State

    Slight or moderate, becoming rough, occasionally very rough later.
  • Weather

    Fair then occasional rain and drizzle.
  • Visibility

    Good, becoming moderate or poor.

Issued at 00:00 UTC on Thursday 25th Dec