Forecasters are predicting hugely unsettled conditions throughout the country at the end of the week with gusts of up to 80mph in some parts of Scotland.
Bands of low pressure are set to bring gale force winds in Scotland on Friday and Saturday, which the Met Office has described as ‘potentially damaging’.
The strong gales will start from Friday at midday and last until 6pm on Saturday.
The location and strength of the very strongest winds remains uncertain however average wind speeds of 50 to 60mph are set to cover much of Scotland.
The strongest winds will arrive across northern Scotland during Friday afternoon, before becoming more widespread overnight and into Saturday morning – according to the Met Office.
Temperatures are also set to plummet with highs of just 4C to 7C throughout the central belt in the later days of this week.
“It’s a settled start to the week, thanks to high pressure”, the Met Office said.
“However, low pressure systems will move down from the northwest bringing bouts of increasingly cold air later in the week.
“Very windy weather may develop by Friday, with potentially damaging winds in places.”
The Met Office said that this has been caused by an area of high pressure over Scotland.
Snow is once again expected in northern Scotland on Friday and Saturday – with a chance of wintry showers in the south of the country.
What should you expect?
Strong winds may cause some delays to road, rail and ferry travel throughout Scotland.
There is a slight chance that gusts could cause damage to some buildings – such as tiles blown from roofs – so it is best to keep an eye on your property during the blistery conditions.
Some roads and bridges could face closures as the winds create difficult and potentially dangerous travel conditions.
In addition to this, there is always a risk of power cuts as weather takes a turn for the worse with services such as mobile phone signal potentially impacted later this week.
What areas in Scotland will be affected?
Here is the full list of areas set for strong winds, according to the Met Office.
Central, Tayside & Fife
- Perth and Kinross
Highlands & Eilean Siar
- Na h-Eileanan Siar
Orkney & Shetland
- Orkney Islands
- Shetland Islands
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
- Dumfries and Galloway
- East Lothian
- Midlothian Council
- Scottish Borders
- West Lothian
- Argyll and Bute
- East Ayrshire
- East Dunbartonshire
- East Renfrewshire
- North Ayrshire
- North Lanarkshire
- South Ayrshire
- South Lanarkshire
- West Dunbartonshire
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