Met Office chiefs have warned the “cry wolf” reaction to last week’s so-called ‘weather bomb’ may lead to the public ignoring genuine warnings of severe weather conditions in the future.
High winds today shut down the Star Flyer and Big Wheel rides at Edinburgh’s Christmas again, and led to traffic restrictions on the Forth Road Bridge, just days after the Capital was battered by snow, sleet and storms.
But Met Office officials said the storms which lashed Britain were “nothing unusual” for the time of year - and blamed the hysterical reaction on social media.
Helen Chivers of the Met Office said: “If the term ‘weather bomb’ is being used too often and is being used incorrectly scientifically, then you could possibly see that people won’t pay attention to warnings, so it is important it is used in the right context and the right time.”
Wind speeds reached 80mph across Scotland during last week’s storm - with a gust of 144mph clocked on the St Kilda islands.
In Edinburgh, the Forth Road Bridge was forced to close for an hour on Thursday after snow and ice started falling on to vehicles below, causing a danger to drivers.