Met Office warns Edinburgh drivers of falling branches as 65mph winds forecast in city

High winds and heavy rain will hit parts of Edinburgh and the Lothians on Tuesday.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 5:52 pm
Updated Monday, 9th December 2019, 6:38 pm

The Met Office has warned Edinburgh drivers of possible falling branches on Tuesday as 65mph wind gusts are forecast to hit the Capital.

A yellow "be aware" warning for wind in the Capital will be in place between 5am and 5pm tomorrow.

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Wind gusts of up to 65mph are forecast in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Pic: The Met Office.

Travellers can expect some disruption to road, rail and air travel with high-sides vehicle drivers asked to take care on bridges.

Met Office meteorologist Nigel Bolton told the Evening News: "We are going to have a calm before the storm but it looks as though there will be some pretty strong winds coming off the Cheviot Hills and south of Edinburgh and this will mean wind going through the city. It'll be a good gale."

Mr Bolton said top wind speeds will reach between 55mph and 65mph on higher ground and up to 60mph in lower parts of the city, closer to the coast.

He said that, as the wind will be southerly, drivers on the Queensferry Crossing shouldn't feel too much of the effects compared to a more typical crosswind.

Mr Bolton said it will get windier in the city throughout the later part of the morning until about 3pm.

He said: "I don't think it's going to be dreadfully disruptive but there is the risk that, with a spell of heavy rain in the afternoon, it could get quite nasty, so drivers will have to take care. The winds are strong enough to bring down branches and twigs.

"It has to be said that, although windy, it's nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year."

Mr Bolton said winds are likely to be stronger further west in Scotland.

But he says a narrow band of "quite intense" heavy rain is expected between 3pm and 4pm in Edinburgh.

Much of West Lothian will be affected by a yellow warning for rain throughout Tuesday morning and afternoon.

The boundary of the warning cuts through West Lothian, with Linlithgow and Armadale included.