Warnings of gale force winds are in force for the Argyll and Bute area on Tuesday as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo approach the British Isles.
The Met Office has renewed a ‘yellow alert’ weather warning for the Strathclyde area, first issued on Saturday, which forecasts that the highest wind speeds are likely on Tuesday morning.
The ‘be aware’ warning for Argyll and Bute, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire states: “Gales, and more locally severe gales, are expected to affect much of the country on Tuesday.
“Whilst Monday night will see wet and windy conditions sweeping eastwards, the strongest winds are expected to occur after the rain clears and winds veer northwesterly through Tuesday morning.
“Gusts exceeding 55 mph are likely inland, with 60 to 70 mph gusts in some exposed coastal areas in the west and possibly to around 80 mph around coasts in northern Scotland.”
The Met Office’s weather forecast for Rothesay is currently predicting that wind speeds will increase through Monday afternoon and evening and into the early hours of Tuesday, reaching a peak at around midday on Tuesday, with gusts of up to 57mph a possibility.
Caledonian MacBrayne has not yet issued any service status alerts for Bute with Tuesday’s winds in mind, but that situation is likely to change as the weather worsens on Monday afternoon.
The warning from the Met Office continued: “The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and possible damage to trees. Difficult driving conditions will result, perhaps exacerbated by surface water and spray in places.
“This is an update of the warning first issued on Saturday, including adjustments to the areas at risk, and a slight increase to expected windspeeds, taking into account the latest information.
“The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo are running across the Atlantic, reaching the UK on Monday night, bringing a period of strong winds to the UK. The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards; some uncertainty remains in peak wind speeds but there remains the potential for disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds coincide with the morning rush hour in places.
“Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of surface water affecting roads, while some damage to trees is possible, given that many are still in full leaf.”
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