The Met Office have issued two weather warnings in respect of wind, with the first covering the Highlands & Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian & Borders and Strathclyde in addition to Irish and English regions. This is effective from Monday 16th October from 12pm to 11.55pm with the Chief Forecaster confirming;
Very strong winds are forecast to affect western parts of the UK during Monday. Southerly winds are most likely to gust between 55 and 65 mph across much of the warning area with the potential for gusts of 80 mph in coastal areas, particularly in Northern Ireland. These strong winds are forecast in association with the northward track of ex-Ophelia across or near to the west of the British Isles. Heavy rain is also possible in association with this system with north-western UK most prone at this stage.
The second weather warning does not affect Highlands & Eilean Siar however moves into Central Tayside & Fife in addition to the regions already mentioned above, the impact is expected to be less severe although the weather warning is active from Tuesday 17th October at 00.05 and 6pm. The Chief Forecaster advises the following;
Very strong winds are forecast to affect northern parts of the UK during Tuesday. South-westerly winds are most likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph across much of the warning area with the potential for gusts of 70 mph across the Central Belt of Scotland and parts of Northeast England. The strongest winds could potentially coincide with the morning rush hour. Heavy rain is also possible in association with this system with western Scotland most prone at this stage
The wind speeds predicted give an increased risk of structural damage to properties with potential flooding arising from heavy rain. The grading of the warning is yellow which is the lowest level, we therefore do not expect a surge event to be triggered however we will of course monitor the effects in respect of claims from clients in addition to service from insurers/adjusters.
If the weather is adversely affecting you please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. For further weather updates you can visit the Met Office Website.