Bute may have been spared the worst of the storm which struck Scotland in the early hours of Friday - but there are still two yellow ‘be aware’ weather warnings in place for the Argyll and Bute area this weekend.
The first is for high winds from 9pm tonight (Friday) until 8am on Saturday: these will not be as strong as on Friday, but with south-westerly gusts of up to 60mph, and possibly 70mph in some places, there is still the potential for disruption to transport overnight and on Saturday morning.
Although this warning expires on Saturday morning, gusts of 45-60mph are being forecast for Rothesay throughout Saturday, Sunday and Monday, meaning there’s a good chance that the island’s ferry services may be subject to disruption or cancellation during the course of the weekend.
The second official Argyll and Bute warning is for snow and ice, and is valid from 6am on Saturday until 12 noon on Sunday as heavy showers fall amid tumbling temperatures across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland, resulting in potentially difficult driving conditions.
The Met Office’s weekend weather forecast for Rothesay at the time this article was published was as follows.
Saturday, January 10: Heavy rain in the early hours giving way to a mixture of sunshine and showers during daylight hours, with showers turning wintry as temperatures drop significantly between midnight and 6am. Winds: westerly, averaging 30mph, but with frequent gusts of around 50mph in the morning and early afternoon. The speed of the wind gusts should drop, but only slightly, into the evening, when the showers should also die out. Daytime temperatures of 3-4 degrees Centigrade but likely to feel three or four degrees below zero in the wind.
Sunday, January 11: A mostly dry night, giving way during the morning to cloud and persistent rain, which should last all day, easing only slightly in the evening. Winds: westerly, veering to west-south-west during the course of the day. Average wind speed around 30mph, but with gusts of 43-55mph. Daytime temperature around 7 degrees, but feeling closer to zero because of the wind chill factor.
Monday, January 12: Persisent rain overnight and in the morning, clearing around lunchtime with sunny spells and isolated showers possible later in the day. Winds: south-westerly, averaging 30-35mph but with gusts of 50-60mph likely for most of the day. Average daytime temperature around 6 degrees, but again likely to feel close to freezing in the wind.