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Skies clear for city's Hogmanay extravaganza

CLEAR skies and light winds are forecast for tomorrow night's Hogmanay firework celebrations in Edinburgh, which are expected to be watched by more than a billion people across the globe.

READY FOR LIFT-OFF: Shaun Gibson of Titanium Fireworks sets up a display at Edinburgh Castle ahead of the Hogmanay celebrations. Picture: PA
READY FOR LIFT-OFF: Shaun Gibson of Titanium Fireworks sets up a display at Edinburgh Castle ahead of the Hogmanay celebrations. Picture: PA

The dry weather is due to last for a few days over Edinburgh bringing a fine start to 2014 for the city.

However, while the capital is set for fine weather, the Met Office last night issued an amber "be prepared" warning for rain in parts of Dumfries and Galloway as well as the South Ayrshire area. Up to 60mm of rainfall was expected overnight and this morning with travel conditions likely to be affected.

Tomorrow night's fireworks celebrations in Edinburgh are due to kick off with a display from Calton Hill just before 8.15pm, followed by further displays at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm before the main event.

The spectacular display at midnight took 40 hours to design and choreograph, and two weeks for a team of six to manufacture and fuse. Music accompanying it will include tracks from Scottish artists including Calvin Harris and The Proclaimers. Simon Page, of Titanium Fireworks, which designed the displays, said: "We are delighted to be part of the party and welcome 2014: Scotland's big year."

Edinburgh councillor Gavin Barrie said: "Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations have become synonymous with New Year and our spectacular fireworks display above the castle will be seen by over a billion people across the globe."

Pete Irvine, director of Unique Events, which has produced Edinburgh's Hogmanay on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council since 1993, added said: "Scotland's big year starts here. With seven big fireworks displays, 13 giant screens and hundreds of artists over three days, we are set for a fantastic 21st birthday party."

Meanwhile, all of the 26,500 homes affected by storms over the festive period have had their power restored.

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