Bute braced for worst weather of winter so far

High winds and heavy rain are forecast for Bute, and much of the west of Scotland, on the night of December 29-30.
High winds and heavy rain are forecast for Bute, and much of the west of Scotland, on the night of December 29-30.

A combination of high winds and heavy rain is set to strike Bute, and much of Scotland, from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning advising that strong winds are likely in the Argyll and Bute area, and throughout west and central Scotland, from 3pm until midnight on Tuesday.

In addition there’s an amber ‘be prepared’ warning forecasting heavy rain for the west of Scotland from shortly after midnight until 6pm on Wednesday, December 30.

Southerly winds around Bute will gather in pace from Tuesday evening onwards, and could gust to around 65-70mph late on Tuesday night and into the early hours of Wednesday.

However, wind speeds should ease as the night goes on, with gusts dropping to around 40mph by dawn.

Those strong overnight winds will be accompanied by very heavy rain during Tuesday evening and the very early hours of Wednesday, though the rain, too, should have eased by the end of the night.

Drivers are advised to be aware of the potential for disruption to their journeys through the night and on Wednesday morning.

The Met Office chief forecaster’s assessment for west and south-west Scotland says: “Rainfall accumulations through this period are expected to be widely 20-40 mm, with 80 mm over some higher ground within the area, and the potential for some exposed locations in southwest Scotland to receive 100-150 mm.

“Gusts of 50-60 mph are expected to affect many parts, and 70 mph in some exposed locations.”