Met Office Issues Two Yellow Weather Warnings – Wind

Warning One

Issued at: 09:56 on Thursday 3 December 2015

Valid from: 12:00 on Friday 4 December 2015

Valid to: 07:00 on Saturday 5 December 2015

Southwesterly gales or severe gales are expected to affect much of Scotland and Northern Ireland during the second half of Friday.  The strongest winds will affect northwest Scotland at first then reach the Central Lowlands, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland late afternoon and evening.

Please be aware of difficult driving conditions with the risk of travel disruption on roads and to ferries. Winds may be strong enough to bring down branches or even uproot some trees due to saturated ground. A period of heavy rain will also affect much of Scotland, especially western areas.

Chief Forecaster’s Assessment

A depression is expected to deepen and move towards Iceland during Friday, with the associated frontal zone expected to affect the UK throughout Friday and Saturday.

Southwesterly winds will gust 45-55 mph quite widely across Scotland and Northern Ireland, locally to more than 60 mph. In the Western Isles and far northwest mainland Scotland gusts will reach around 70-80 mph.

There is some uncertainty in the inland extent of the strongest winds so this warning will be kept under review and updated as necessary.

Be aware that some low level disruption looks likely

Warning Two

Issued at: 10:18 on Thursday 3 December 2015

Valid from: 17:00 on Friday 4 December 2015

Valid to: 06:00 on Sunday 6 December 2015

Southwesterly gales are expected to affect much of northern England and parts of Wales later Friday and into Saturday with the risk of storm force winds over coasts and hills.

Please be aware of difficult driving conditions with the risk of travel disruption on roads and to ferries. Winds may be strong enough to damage or bring down trees. A period of heavy rain will also affect much of northwest England and northwest Wales.

Chief Forecaster’s Assessment

A depression is expected to deepen and move towards Iceland during Friday, with the associated frontal zone expected to affect the UK throughout Friday and Saturday.

Southwesterly winds will gust 45-55 mph quite widely across the area, with the risk of more than 70 mph on coasts and hills. Whilst they will decrease for a time on Saturday, they will increase again later on Saturday, coming down from the west on Sunday.

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