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A large area of high pressure centred over southwest England will drift into northern France allowing milder southwesterly winds to extend slowly across most areas except the far southeast, during the next couple of days.

* 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

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in north, but mainly 4 at first in Moray Firth.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough north and west of Orkney.
    • Weather

      Fair then occasional rain, mainly in north.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later in north.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough north and west of Orkney, otherwise slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, mainly in north.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed * warning

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      West 3 or 4 backing southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest 3 or 4 backing southwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest backing west 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly, backing westerly later, 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers then fair, fog patches close inshore later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally very poor near shore later.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Mainly westerly, backing southwesterly later, 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in north.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Northerly or northwesterly 4 or 5, decreasing 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate at first.
    • Weather

      Fog patches close inshore later, mainly in east.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally very poor later close inshore.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Northwesterly backing southwesterly 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight, occasionally moderate later.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Mainly slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      West 3 or 4, backing south or southwest 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Slight, becoming moderate later.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th 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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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable 2 or 3, occasionally 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 later in west.
    • Sea State

      Mainly slight.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4 at first in east, otherwise 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th 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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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Variable becoming southwesterly 2 or 3, occasionally 4, backing southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4 in far east, otherwise 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

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

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

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 3, increasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough, except in shelter.
    • Weather

      Occasional drizzle later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  11. Great Ormes Head to the Mull of Galloway

    Great Ormes Head to the Mull of Galloway

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      West backing southwest 3 or 4, occasionally 5 later.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 4 or 5, backing south or southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  12. Isle of Man

    Isle of Man

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest backing southwest 3 or 4, increasing 4 or 5.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest backing south or southwest, 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Smooth or slight at first in east, otherwise slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  14. The Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and the North Channel

    The Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and the North Channel

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5, but mainly 3 at first in south.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point * warning

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

    Go to top of page

    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southwesterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 in west, but mainly 4 at first in shelter.
    • Sea State

      Slight in shelter otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain for a time.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Fair, then occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor at times.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th 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

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, becoming rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Fair, then occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor at times.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate becoming rough, except in sheltered east, and very rough later in west.
    • Weather

      Fair then occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

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

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

    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 23:59 UTC Mon 29th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate becoming rough in north and west.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    00:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Rough becoming very rough in west, but moderate in sheltered eastern waters.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands

    The Channel Islands

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    12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

    • Wind

      Northwest to north 2 to 4, decreasing 1 to 3 overnight and becoming variable.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight.
    • Weather

      Fair or fine.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 1 to 3, backing south in the evening and increasing 3 to 4, locally 5 in the north by midday.
    • Sea State

      Smooth or slight, becoming slight to moderate during Wednesday morning with a low swell.
    • Weather

      Fair to cloudy, risk of fog patches drifting from the French coast Wednesday morning.
    • Visibility

      Good, perhaps locally poor or very poor for a time.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec

Lyme Regis to Lands End including the Isles of Scilly

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12:00 UTC Mon 29th Dec – 11:59 UTC Tue 30th Dec

  • Wind

    Variable 2 or 3, occasionally 4, becoming southerly or southwesterly 4 or 5 later in west.
  • Sea State

    Mainly slight.
  • Weather

    Fair.
  • Visibility

    Good.

12:00 UTC Tue 30th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 31st Dec

  • Wind

    Southerly or southwesterly, 3 or 4 at first in east, otherwise 5 or 6.
  • Sea State

    Slight becoming moderate or rough.
  • Weather

    Occasional drizzle later.
  • Visibility

    Good, occasionally moderate later.

Issued at 12:00 UTC on Monday 29th Dec