MORE high winds are set to batter the Capital today, with temperatures also dropping as winter makes an early appearance.
While wind speeds are unlikely to reach yesterdays high of 69 mph recorded on Blackford Hill, a Met Office yellow warning on high winds remains in place throughout the day.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Wind speeds began to drop during the day on Sunday, though a speed of 59 mph was recorded at the Forth Bridge mid-afternoon. However, the winds are likely to increase again throughout today, with speeds likely to reach at least 50mph over more exposed parts of the Edinburgh and Lothians area, including Edinburgh Airport. However, peak speeds of 65 mph are only likely to be seen today in areas such as the Highlands.”
Edinburgh Airport said that while no disruption to flights was expected, they would be “keeping a close eye” on the weather during the course of the day.
A spokesman said: “We expect today to be business as usual and don’t anticipate any problems. However, we will be keeping a close eye on the weather today and will reassess the situation if conditions deteriorate.”
Bad weather on Sunday saw strong gusts reaching speeds of over 60mph, mixed with heavy rain showers and alternated by short periods of sunshine. The weather chaos saw the inter club golf final at Dalmahoy between Duddingston and Royal Burgess postponed due to high winds and rain, but was not enough to deter over 3000 racers from taking part in the second annual Scottish leg of the Spartan’s Race. This years event took place on the Winton House estate in East Lothian, where 5000 spectators saw competitors complete challenges such as wading through icy rivers and jumping over fire.
While the worst of the winds may be past, Edinburgh residents are still advised to wrap up warm today, with temperatures expected to drop to lows usually seen in winter.
The Met Office spokesman continued: “Monday is also likely to feel colder than the weekend, with temperatures reaching 12-13C at best, with the wind chill factor and showers throughout the day seeing it drop to lows of 9-10C, which will make it feel like we are at a much later stage in the year.”
The yellow warning of wind is set to be lifted tomorrow.
The Met Office added: “Better wind directions will see Edinburgh subjected to fewer showers, with more sunny spells on Tuesday. It will still be windy, but not as windy as over the past couple of days. Temperatures will also rise slightly, but are unlikely to go higher than 14C. Wednesday will probably be the warmest day of the week, with the mercury at a more reasonable 15C, before a band of rain hits on Thursday. Friday will be drier, but with light winds.”
Drivers and commuters were warned to take extra care and to allow extra time for their journeys while weather warnings remained in place.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “In light of the Met Office Yellow warning for high winds, we ask drivers to continue to play their part by planning their journeys in advance, adapting their driving behaviour to match weather conditions and consider public transport alternatives if appropriate.
“The Traffic Scotland website, Variable Message Signs and Traffic radio are being used to provide up to date information to the travelling public, allowing them to plan and amend their journeys accordingly. We ask that the public continue to check to travel bulletins or the Traffic Scotland website for the latest advice.”