Met office issue wind warning

High Winds warning sign

High Winds warning sign

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The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning for wind for much of Scotland on Thursday.

The warning is in force from 1am on Thursday morning until 8pm. The warning states: “Gales or severe gales are expected to develop across much of Scotland on Thursday. The strongest winds are most likely across northwestern areas, where gusts of 70 mph are possible. However, much of Scotland could see gusts of 55-60 mph.”

It adds that potential impacts could include “minor travel disruption with some bridge restrictions, and possible damage to trees and structures”, along with large waves building off northern and western coasts with the risk of some wave overtopping.

The Chief Forecaster’s assessment said: “A vigorous area of low pressure will pass to the north of Scotland from late Wednesday onwards, bringing a windy period for much of the north of the UK. It now looks likely that the rearward portion of this low will swing south across the far north of Scotland through Thursday, bringing a period of very strong and gusty winds to the warning area. The strongest winds will arrive in the west early in the period, and transfer eastwards through the day.

“Areas exposed to the northwest are expected to see the strongest winds, but winds may also funnel through the Central Belt at times bringing a risk of disruption here too.”