Warning of high winds in Lothians

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HIGH winds are expected to batter the Lothians this weekend, with warnings of falling trees and travel disruption.

Gales hitting speeds of between 40 and 70mph lasting from late tonight until Monday have been predicted.

A Scotland-wide severe weather warning has been issued to begin at 3pm tomorrow, with heavy rain also due.

The Met Office said it expected “minor” travel disruption, as forecasters warned of toppled trees and problems on the Forth Road Bridge for ­lorries and caravans.

Forecaster Juliet Gardner said: “Low pressure is coming in from the Atlantic. People should expect to see wet and windy weather. It will remain unsettled until winds ease ­during Tuesday.

“The public should be aware of the potential for some minor disruption to travel.”

The MND Scotland Holyrood Fun Run, which was due to feature former Scotland rugby star Scott Hastings on Sunday, has been postponed until October 13.

Channel 4 weatherman Liam Dutton said: “Trees are in leaf and will catch the wind, resulting in branches being broken off and, in the worst case scenario, trees being blown down.

“Heavy rain and strong winds may cause transport problems – especially for high-sided vehicles.”