Scotland’s weather: Strong winds and heavy rain set to cause disruption

Blanche Robertson
February 8, 2019

This orange warning will be valid from 5am to 1pm on Friday.

"Across southern parts of the United Kingdom gusts will reach 40mph widely inland, however the strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland and Scotland, with gusts of 50 to 60mph possible".

"Potentially damaging gusts may occur near Atlantic coasts towards dawn, with the threat of coastal flooding due to very high seas".

This is called rapid cyclogenesis, an explosive cyclogenesis or even a weather bomb at times as the centre of the low drops at a fast pace over a very short time, causing the storm to intensify at a very rapid speed.

The Road Safety Authority is advising motorists, warning them "to expect the unexpected".

People are reminded to keep away from coastal cliffs and piers.

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The Coast Guard has asked the public to "heed the warnings and take appropriate action".

Gales are expected to be stronger around exposed coasts with speeds of 70mph possible. There will be cloudy, wet conditions with some heavier rain coming this afternoon.

Met Éireann said: "Increasingly windy overnight, with south to southwest winds increasing strong to gale force and gusty by morning".

Met Éireann has released an explainer video this week to show why they have started naming storms in recent years in conjunction with the Met Office in the UK.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has advised the following facilities will be closed today: Connemara National Park, Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, Derryclare Nature Reserve, Old Head Nature Reserve, Laughil Wood, near Pontoon and Knochma Wood, near Tuam.

"For February and March, temperatures overall are likely to be close to or below normal".

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