Scotland is set to face stormy weather conditions this week as the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds across the country. The warning, which covers the period from 9am on Wednesday to 3pm on Thursday, warns of gusts of up to 70mph that could cause travel disruption, damage to buildings, and power cuts.
What areas are affected by the wind warning?
The yellow wind warning covers the whole of Scotland, except for the Northern Isles and some parts of the Highlands. The Met Office says that the strongest winds are likely to affect the west coast, the Central Belt, and the south-east of Scotland. The warning also extends to parts of Northern Ireland, northern England, and Wales.
What are the impacts of the strong winds?
The Met Office warns that the strong winds could lead to some of the following impacts:
- Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, especially for high-sided vehicles and bridges
- Some bus and train services may be cancelled or reduced
- Damage to temporary structures, such as scaffolding and marquees
- Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, fallen branches, and power lines
- Some short-term loss of power and other services
- Coastal areas may be affected by spray and large waves
How to stay safe and prepare for the windy weather?
The Met Office advises people to take the following steps to stay safe and prepare for the windy weather:
- Secure loose objects, such as garden furniture, bins, and trampolines, or bring them inside
- Avoid walking or cycling near trees, buildings, and exposed areas
- Plan ahead and check the latest weather forecast and travel information before setting off
- Follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services
- Stay away from the coast and avoid water activities
Why is Scotland experiencing such strong winds?
The strong winds are caused by a deep area of low pressure that is moving across the Atlantic towards the UK. The low pressure system, named Storm Dudley by the Met Office, is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to many parts of the country. The Met Office says that Storm Dudley is the fourth named storm of the season, following Storms Arwen, Barra, and Corrie.
The Met Office also says that another low pressure system, named Storm Eunice, is likely to affect the UK later this week, bringing more wet and windy weather. Storm Eunice is expected to arrive on Friday and last until Saturday, with gusts of up to 80mph possible in some areas.