Met office warn 70mph winds set to hit Lothians

High winds of up to 70mph are forecast to hit the Lothians this weekend. Pic: Ian Georgeson

High winds of up to 70mph are forecast to hit the Lothians this weekend. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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WINDS of up to 70mph are expected to hit the Lothians and most of Scotland this weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” warning across the country, for the second time in weeks.

The whole of Scotland is expected to be affected by heavy winds on Saturday, with forecasters expecting gusts of 60-70mph to affect the Lothians, and most of the country.

But in the east of Scotland the worst of the gales should be over by Sunday.

A statement on the Met Office website read: “South to south-west winds will increase across many northern parts of the UK on Saturday with gales becoming widespread across Scotland and Northern Ireland along with parts of northern England.

“There is the potential for severe gales to develop, particularly across north-west Scotland. Gusts of 60 to 70mph are likely within the yellow area, with a risk of gusts of 80mph or more across exposed parts of north-west Scotland.

“The public should be aware that there could be disruption to travel and other outdoor events.”