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Storms 'won't stop Hogmanay'

Revellers planning to see in the New Year in Edinburgh can breathe a sigh of relief as forecasts point to milder weather for Tuesday night.

Organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay are positive that all planned events will go ahead, meaning party-goers can look forward to a night of music, song and dance across the city.

Some 150,000 people are expected to take to the streets of the capital with 80,000 of those attending ticketed events to see headline performances from the Pet Shop Boys and hipster quartet Django Django.

Up-and-coming Edinburgh rocker Nina Nesbitt will also take to the stage alongside Manchester lads The 1975 at the Concert In The Gardens event, while at the street party a purely Scottish line-up is in the offing with folk favourite King Creosote and electro outfit Chvrches included on the bill.

Pete Irvine, director of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, said he had "absolutely no concerns" about events going ahead, and added: "Although we are anticipating some rain during the day, the night itself looks good. We are not worried about the weather for the events at all.

"Up until now it was too early to say, but now we have reasonable intelligence about the weather for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday."

The Met Office confirmed that despite the adverse conditions over the past few days, Tuesday night's forecast looks to be more promising.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for some parts of Scotland in the days prior to New Year's Eve, including Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife, south-west Scotland, Lothian and Borders for Monday morning. However, this is expected to clear by Monday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Met Office confirmed there will be "fairly unsettled weather patterns" on the lead-up to Hogmanay and "the west, including Glasgow, may see brisk winds. In the east, however, this will be less frequent with a relatively dry night on Tuesday night".

Around 300 police officers are expected to be in attendance at the main city-centre event, and Police Scotland confirmed they also were not anticipating any problems, and had "no concerns" about Tuesday's festivities.

Outside Edinburgh, celebrations will be under way across the country with Glasgow, Aberdeen and Stirling all hosting their own official events. Glasgow's free family Hogmanay day celebration in George Square will see the ice rink stay open until 10pm, with live performances from African drummers and ceilidh band Bahookie.

In the north of Scotland, Aberdeen is hosting a three-hour programme of events at Union Terrace which is also free to attend, while Stirling is planning to give revellers a concert at Stirling Castle, costing £25.

Aberdeen's night features performances by covers band The Aristocats and rock group The Tijuana Sun. Meanwhile, in Stirling, 80s pop four-piece Deacon Blue will headline the evening, sharing a bill with Dougie MacLean, Rail Fan and Bags of Rock.

Despite New Year celebrations across the country still going to plan, the forecast leading up to Tuesday could still prove ­troublesome for some across Scotland.

Yesterday, engineers were continuing their work to reconnect power to around 350 homes, after more than 10,000 homes were left without electricity on Friday.

The torrential rain and high winds affected the electricity network in many areas, with Dumfries and Galloway the worst affected.

Uprooted trees and debris were said to have caused the most ­problems to the network, having pulled down power lines, making repairs more difficult.

A ScottishPower spokesman said it had drafted in extra contractors to help with the work while extra equipment was also being taken to areas where it is needed.

The weather caused further disruption yesterday, with reduced services on trains between ­Edinburgh and Glasgow after a mudslide led to signalling problems.

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