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Met Office warn of high winds at weekend – possible 70-80mph gusts around Caithness coast


By David G Scott

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The Met Office issued a Yellow Warning of high winds across the UK on Friday and Saturday with possible gusts of 70 to 80 mph around the Caithness coastline.

It said there is potential for a period of very strong winds to develop across northern Scotland on Friday afternoon then extend south during the evening.

The bulletin states: "The strongest winds will arrive across northern Scotland during Friday afternoon before developing further south through the evening across the rest of Scotland, Northern Ireland and some exposed coasts of northern England.

Met Office map for weekend weather system expected.
Met Office map for weekend weather system expected.

"The location and strength of the very strongest winds remains uncertain. However, gusts seem likely to reach 50 to 60 mph widely, with 70 to 80 mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland."

The Yellow Warning is in place for both Friday and Saturday with expected delays likely for road, rail, air and ferry transport.

Saturday's bulletin states: "The strongest winds will arrive across northern Scotland during Friday afternoon, before becoming more widespread overnight and into Saturday morning.

"Winds will tend to slowly ease from the north during the afternoon. The location and strength of the very strongest winds remains uncertain. However, gusts seem likely to reach 50 to 60 mph widely, with 70 to 80 mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and north-east England."

Further information can be found at: www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings


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