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A strong southwesterly airflow will affect most of the United Kingdom during the next few days with severe gales or storms at times in 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

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in Moray Firth, otherwise moderate or rough in east, very rough or high in north.
    • Weather

      Rain for a time then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th 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 Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South veering southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Rattray Head.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor for a time.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest 6 to gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough near Rattray Head.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  3. Berwick on Tweed to Whitby * warning

    Berwick on Tweed to Whitby

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain for a time, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  4. Whitby to Gibraltar Point * warning

    Whitby to Gibraltar Point

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South, veering southwest, 5 to 7, occasionally 4 at first.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally smooth at first.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 5 or 6.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain at first.
    • Visibility

      Moderate becoming good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  5. Gibraltar Point to North Foreland * warning

    Gibraltar Point to North Foreland

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Smooth or slight, becoming moderate and rough at times in northeast.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 to 7, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southwesterly 4 or 5 later in north.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough at first, becoming smooth or slight later.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good later.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  6. North Foreland to Selsey Bill * warning

    North Foreland to Selsey Bill

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 4 or 5, veering southwesterly 6 or 7.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwesterly 5 to 7, becoming cyclonic 4 or 5, then variable 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate, occasionally poor, becoming good later.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  7. Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis * warning

    Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South veering southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southwest veering north 4 or 5, occasionally 6 at first, becoming variable 3 or 4 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th 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

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South veering southwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate in shelter, otherwise moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far west.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 4 or 5, becoming variable 3 or 4 for a time.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough in far west, otherwise slight or moderate.
    • Weather

      Rain at first.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor at first.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th 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

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South 4 or 5, veering southwest 6 or 7 then west 5 or 6 later.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far southwest.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough in far southwest.
    • Weather

      Rain at first.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate at first.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th 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

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 4 or 5, veering southwesterly, then westerly later, 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

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

      Occasional rain.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Westerly backing southwesterly later, 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times in south.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough, mainly in south.
    • Weather

      Showers later.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th 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

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South veering west or southwest 5 to 7.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north and west.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight at times.
    • Weather

      Showers.
    • Visibility

      Good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  12. Isle of Man * warning

    Isle of Man

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 5 or 6, increasing 6 or 7, veering west 4 or 5 for a time later.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, becoming moderate or rough.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, fair later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, occasionally good.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 6 or 7.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, occasionally rough in south.
    • Weather

      Mainly fair.
    • Visibility

      Mainly good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  13. Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough * warning

    Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

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

      Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in east, but becoming very rough at times in north.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th 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

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly veering southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8.
    • Sea State

      Moderate or rough, becoming slight at times, becoming very rough at times near Mull of Kintyre.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, squally showers later.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor at first.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally moderate.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  15. Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point * warning

    Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South veering west or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      Very rough or high.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain, then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

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

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

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  16. The Minch * warning

    The Minch

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South gale 8 to storm 10 veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

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

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

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

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th 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 Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South gale 8 to storm 10 veering southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      High or very high.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      West or southwest 7 to severe gale 9.
    • Sea State

      High, occasionally very high.
    • Weather

      Squally wintry showers.
    • Visibility

      Good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  18. Shetland Isles * warning

    Shetland Isles

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough in sheltered east, otherwise high.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      --
    • Sea State

      --
    • Weather

      --
    • Visibility

      --

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

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

    Gale Warnings in operation for Sea Area Fair Isle: Southerly severe gale force 9 expected soon, increasing storm force 10 later. (Issued on 19th December at 1600 UTC)

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 23:59 UTC Tue 20th Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough in sheltered east, otherwise high.
    • Weather

      Rain then squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    00:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      South or southwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10.
    • Sea State

      Rough or very rough in sheltered east, otherwise high.
    • Weather

      Squally showers.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec

  19. The Channel Islands * warning

    The Channel Islands

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    Strong wind warning

    12:00 UTC Tue 20th Dec – 11:59 UTC Wed 21st Dec

    • Wind

      Southeast 4 or 5, veering southwest 5 or 6 this evening, veering northwest 3 or 4 in the north.
    • Sea State

      Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in north.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle.
    • Visibility

      Moderate to good, becoming moderate to poor overnight.

    12:00 UTC Wed 21st Dec – 11:59 UTC Thu 22nd Dec

    • Wind

      Southerly 5 to 6, at first south of Guernsey, otherwise northerly or northwesterly 3 or 4.
    • Sea State

      Moderate, becoming mainly slight.
    • Weather

      Occasional rain or drizzle, clearing by midnight.
    • Visibility

      Moderate or poor, becoming mainly good.

    Issued at 12:00 UTC on Tuesday 20th Dec