Western Isles may see 70mph gusts

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A band of rain and wind is set to move in across the region from tomorrow, the Met Office has warned.

Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland are subject to a severe ‘amber’ warning for rain.

Amber warnings are issued to warn of the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the ‘potential risk to life and property’.

The Met Office said an area of low pressure would bring heavy, persistent rain through Scotland during the start of the week.

‘Some of these areas had notable rainfall over the weekend, so any further rain is falling on already saturated ground bringing the risk of surface water flooding,’ it said.

A yellow warning for rain – a grade lower – is in force for areas including Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire, effective from 6am-6pm on Tuesday.

It said: ‘A spell of persistent and often heavy rain will affect much of Scotland during Tuesday and Wednesday. Rainfall accumulations of 30-50mm (1.1in-1.9in) are expected quite widely across the warning area.

‘A few places could see 80-120 mm (3.1in-4.7in) in a 24-to-36 hour period, these wettest areas are covered by a separate Amber warning.

‘Drier conditions will arrive from the west during the second half of Wednesday. Strong southerly winds are likely to accompany the rain.’


Between 2am-6pm on Tuesday, a yellow weather warning for wind is also in place for the whole of Scotland, including Argyll and Bute, Na h-Eileanan Siar,
Highland and North Ayrshire.

It said: ‘Strong south to south-westerly winds will gust 50-60 mph at times, but there is the potential for gusts of 70mph for eastern coastal districts of Northern Ireland, the Western Isles and perhaps the Moray coast during the morning.

‘Winds will ease across much of Northern Ireland and the north-western half of Scotland during the afternoon.’

The weather warnings for Tuesday, February 23, 2021