Edinburgh braced for high winds as Storm Caroline approaches

Gales are expected to hit from tomorrow in the Capital.
Gales are expected to hit from tomorrow in the Capital.
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Edinburgh is set to be hit by winds of up to 50mph as Storm Caroline reaches the UK.

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Conditions will start to turn wet and blustery today before gales hit on Thursday.

Forecasters are expecting the storm - the third named storm of the year - to bring gusts of up to 80mph in northern Scotland.

A yellow “be aware” weather warning is in place for the North of Scotland from 8am on Thursday until just before midnight.

Although Edinburgh and the Lothians have not been included in the warning, the region will still be hit by high winds.

According to the Met Office, wind speeds will pick up tonight before reaching over 50mph by tomorrow morning.

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Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “Wednesday will see the last of the mild days, with temperatures in double figures, between 10 and 12 degrees (50F-54F).

“Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night.

“At the moment we have a yellow weather warning in place, but it could be upgraded to amber.”

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, while a loss of power in some areas is also possible.

Dozens of workers are being removed from a North Sea platform due to safety fears over weather conditions caused by Storm Caroline.

CNR International said a total of 69 of the 159 staff on Ninian South, about 240 miles from Aberdeen, would be leaving the structure as a precaution.