Scots are bracing themselves for winds of up to 75mph over the weekend.

Parts of the north could be hit with the gusts from Friday evening into Saturday, with weather warnings being issued in the Highlands and Islands.

Drivers have been advised to take care by the Met Office, who say those using the roads during lockdown could experience delays.

High-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely to experience delays, and some short term loss of power in communities is possible.

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The Met Office has put into place a yellow alert over the Western Isles lasting from 3pm on Friday to 5am on Saturday.

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The warning reads: "A spell of unseasonably strong south-westerly winds will affect parts of north-west Scotland, particularly the Western Isles later today, easing during the early hours of Saturday.

"Gusts of 60-65 mph are expected, with the possibility of a few gusts of 70-75 mph in exposed parts of Barra, North and South Uist."

But while the north may be bearing the brunt of the brutal weather, the rest of Scotland could be basking in some warm temperatures.

Predictions in Glasgow and Edinburgh see temperatures rising to as high as 19C, despite a Saturday with heavy rain.

It brings to an end a bank holiday weekend of gorgeous weather, with Wednesday reaching an impressive 24.1C.

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Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert, said: “Friday will be a cooler and more unsettled day for most as an Atlantic low pressure system moves to the northwest of the UK, replacing the warm air we’ve had for much of this week with fresher westerlies.

“This system will bring a spell of strong winds and a risk of gales to northern and western parts of the UK, with gales of 50 to 60mph possible for parts of north Wales, northwest England, Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

"A wind warning has been issued for Northern Ireland. Along with strong winds, some rain is expected followed by showers, heaviest across north-western parts of the UK.”