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High pressure across Scandinavia and areas of low pressure to the west of the United Kingdom will maintain the southerly or southeasterly flow across the country. Frontal zones will make occasional inroads into western areas, whilst isolated showers will affect North Sea coasts. During Saturday, a low pressure system will bring further gales or severe gales and rain to all areas.

* 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 Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 6 to gale 8, occasionally 5 in south, perhaps severe gale 9 later in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far north.
    • Weather

      Showers in east, occasional rain later in west.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally 6 at first.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough, becoming high at times later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  2. Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed * warning

    Rattray Head to Berwick on Tweed

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time in south, perhaps gale 8 later in north.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in southern shelter.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming very rough, occasionally high later.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasional rain or sleet later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 5 or 6, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 5 or 6, increasing 7 to severe gale 9, then decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers, occasional rain or sleet later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time, the occasionally 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally slight.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in north, then decreasing 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Showers, occasional rain or sleet later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, then becoming variable 3 or 4 at times.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Showers, occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers in far east.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly, veering southwesterly later, 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first.
    • Weather

      Rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight later.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southeast 4 or 5, increasing 6 to gale 8, veering west 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Easterly or southeasterly 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, then occasionally 7 later in west.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in west, becoming slight for a time later in Lyme Bay.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain in west.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate in west.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly, veering southwesterly, 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, then veering westerly 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain, thundery showers later in west.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 for a time in east, perhaps gale 8 later in far northwest.
    • Sea State

      Slight at times in Bristol Channel, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in west.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain in west.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate in northwest.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 at times, veering southwesterly 5 to 7, then westerly 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain, thundery showers later in west.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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 Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in far west.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in shelter.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, veering westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, becoming moderate or poor for a time.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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 Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times in Solway Firth, then perhaps gale 8 later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, veering westerly 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough later.
    • Weather

      Fair.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast 5 to 7, increasing 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Rough, occasionally very rough later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 for a time, veering southwest 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough, becoming high for a time in far north.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle at times, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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 Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in the North Channel.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in the Firth of Clyde.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, increasing severe gale 9 except in the inner Firth of Clyde, veering southwesterly 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in the North Channel.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle at times, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point * warning

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in north.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate in shelter.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeasterly, veering southwesterly later, 7 to severe gale 9, then decreasing 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle at times, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly, 5 or 6 in far northeast, otherwise 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Very rough at times in far southwest, otherwise moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly, veering southwesterly later, 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain or drizzle at times, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  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 Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly, 5 or 6 in far northeast, otherwise 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Moderate at times near Cape Wrath, otherwise rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Rain at times.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly, veering southwesterly later, 7 to severe gale 9, decreasing 6 at times.
    • Sea State

      Moderate at times near Cape Wrath, otherwise rough or very rough, occasionally high.
    • Weather

      Rain or drizzle at times, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 6 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in west.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate later.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle at time of issue: Severe gale 9 veering southerly imminent, decreasing gale 8 soon (issued 130946 UTC)

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 11:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 7 or gale 8, occasionally 6 at first in east
    • Sea State

      Mainly rough in east and very rough in west
    • Weather

      Showers
    • Visibility

      Mainly good

    12:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly or southeasterly 7 or gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in west
    • Sea State

      Mainly rough in east and very rough in west
    • Weather

      Showers
    • Visibility

      Mainly good

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    00:00 UTC Fri 14th Dec – 23:59 UTC Fri 14th Dec

    • Wind

      East to southeast 5 to 6, decreasing 4 to 5 overnight, occasionally 3 in south and east of area, backing southeast during afternoon and increasing 5 during evening, locally 6 in west by midnight.
    • Sea State

      Slight to moderate decreasing slight from dawn till mid evening.
    • Weather

      Fair, mist patches around French coast at dawn.
    • Visibility

      Good, but locally moderate to poor near French coast around dawn.

    00:00 UTC Sat 15th Dec – 23:59 UTC Sat 15th Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast 5 to 6 increasing 6 to gale 8 by late morning Saturday, veering southwest to west around dusk and decreasing 4 to 5 by midnight.
    • Sea State

      Slight to moderate increasing moderate to rather rough overnight, then rather rough to rough after dawn with an increasing swell.
    • Weather

      Fair then rain spreading east by dawn, becoming persistent and locally heavy through till dusk, with mist and a risk of fog, clearing to showers during evening.
    • Visibility

      Good becoming moderate or poor in rain, perhaps very poor for a time, then becoming mostly good during evening.

    Issued at 00:00 UTC on Friday 14th Dec by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).