Warm weather to give way to winds


Published: Sunday 8th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The UK’s warmest day of the year so far is set to give way to high winds of up to 80mph, rain and average temperatures.

Britons basked yesterday in temperatures higher than Mediterranean hotspots such as Barcelona, Rome and Athens.

The mercury hit 17.5C (63.5F) in Murlough, Co Down, Northern Ireland, while Santon Downham in Suffolk followed close behind with 17.3C (63.14F).

Scotland also enjoyed its warmest weather so far in Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire, which got up to 15.9C (60.62F).

The previous record this year was set in Exeter on January 9 when temperatures reached 16.5C (63.5F) .

But the sun was not enjoyed by all, with western parts of Scotland experiencing wet weather, and is not expected to last.

Craig Snell, forecaster at the Met Office, said: “T he rain will clear Scotland and make its way south towards England and Wales.

“Temperatures will return to around average, with highs of 10C (50F) to 11C (51.8F), cooling off a little bit but still not cold by any means.

“As we go into Sunday night it will be cold, with temperatures close to freezing in many spots if the sky is clear.

“Next week will see quite changeable weather but nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year.”

Yellow “be aware” and amber “be prepared” warnings will be in place until this afternoon for heavy rain over western and central parts of Scotland, which may see up to 200mm of rain over 36 hours.

The worst hit were Cluanie Inn in the Highlands, which suffered 111mm from midday Friday to midday Saturday, and Kinlochewe in Wester Ross which saw 56.6mm between midnight Friday and midday Saturday.

The Met Office also put a yellow warning in place for winds in the far north of Northern Ireland and the whole of Scotland from Monday morning to Tuesday morning.

Gusts are expected to reach around 60/70mph, with the potential to get up to 80mph in the most exposed parts of western and northern Scotland.

Published: Sunday 8th March 2015 by The News Editor

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