Bute weather warnings: the latest picture

Strong south-westerly winds are forecast for Bute, and much of south-west Scotland, on January 14 and 15. Bute's ferry services are on amber alert: this picture was taken on December 9, 2014, when similar bad weather kept MVs Argyle and Bute confined to port.
Strong south-westerly winds are forecast for Bute, and much of south-west Scotland, on January 14 and 15. Bute's ferry services are on amber alert: this picture was taken on December 9, 2014, when similar bad weather kept MVs Argyle and Bute confined to port.

The Met Office has updated its severe weather warnings for the Argyll and Bute area in preparation for strong south-westerly winds expected in the early hours of Thursday, January 18.

The Met’s latest yellow ‘be aware’ warning states that gusts of 50-65mph are likely “quite widely through the warning area”, while gusts of 75mph are likely around southern and western coasts and over exposed hills.

The Argyll and Bute wind warning comes into effect at 3pm on Wednesday and lasts until 11.50pm on Thursday. Winds in the Rothesay area are expected to grow in strength from around 5pm on Wednesday, with gusts above 50mph likely through the evening and again from 2am on Thursday, increasing to more than 60mph between 6am and midday.

After a slight lull on Thursday afternoon, winds will pick up again in the evening, with gusts not expected to dip below 40mph until well into Friday.

Given the strength and direction of the winds, it looks highly likely that Bute’s ferry links will be subject to disruption - we’ll have regular updates on this site and on Facebook and Twitter.

On top of the wind warning, there is also a yellow alert for heavy rain in place for Argyll and Bute, now valid between 5pm on Wednesday and 4pm on Thursday.

More than 15mm of rain could fall on Bute on Wednesday evening, with wintry showers - though not on quite the same scale - expected to continue for much of Thursday.