Edinburgh weather: Met Office issues yellow warning for high winds on Thursday

Weather warning for Edinburgh as Christmas travel picks up
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The Met Office has issued a weather warning covering most of Britain for Thursday, just as Christmas travel is expected to pick up.

It’s a yellow warning of high winds and it applies to a huge area stretching across the country from the east coast to the west and from Shetland in the north to East Anglia in the south, taking in the Western Isles and Northern Ireland as well.

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The Met Office weather forecast for the Edinburgh area says today will be mainly cloudy, with outbreaks of rain spreading from west and some heavy rain for a time, but becoming drier and a little brighter in the afternoon. Moderate westerly winds will become fresher later, while maximum temperatures will be mild for the time of year at 12°C.

A weather warning for wind has been issued for Edinburgh.A weather warning for wind has been issued for Edinburgh.
A weather warning for wind has been issued for Edinburgh.

Winds are expected to ease tonight before cloud and showery rain spreads from north. Longer spells of rain will develop overnight and Tuesday will start cloudy and wet, but soon clearing to give bright spells and some scattered showers. It will be chilly with freshening northwest winds.

For the rest of the week, the Met Office forecasts rain spreading east on Wednesday with strengthening westerly winds, then “very windy” conditions on Thursday, with blustery north-west winds and rain turning to showers later. Friday is expected to start dry, then see heavy rain, but will be less windy.