The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind across Scotland as it predicts exposed coasts could see gusts between 80-90mph.

The warning is set to come into place on Wednesday, February 16 at 6pm. At present, it is due to last until 6pm the following evening.

Inland wind gusts could reach up to 60-70mph, according to The Met Office, with gusts beginning to decrease early on Thursday afternoon and through the evening.

What is a yellow weather warning?

According to the Met Office, the following disruption could be experienced during a yellow wind warning:

  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible, as well as some roads and bridges may close
  • Fallen trees and some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris, as well as large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

The warning covers the North West and East of England as well as the whole of Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland.

The Met Office said: “Very strong westerly winds are expected to develop across western Scotland and northern Northern Ireland later Wednesday and extend eastward to the most of Scotland and northern England overnight into Thursday.

“There is still some uncertainty in the timing and location of the strongest winds but there is the potential for inland wind gusts of 60-70 mph in places. Gusts of 80-90 mph are possible around exposed coasts and hills of Scotland. Winds are expected to ease, initially across western areas, through Thursday afternoon and evening.”


For up to date forecasts visit the Met Office website here.