/Scotland braced for more weather misery as Storm Brendan brings high winds

Scotland braced for more weather misery as Storm Brendan brings high winds

Scotland is bracing itself for a 12-hour battering from Storm Brendan.

Gales of up to 80mph are set to sweep across parts of the UK from midday on Monday.

The Met Office has warned coastal routes and communities could be particularly affected by Brendan as large waves batter seafronts.

Yellow weather warnings are in place for much of the western half of the UK and the north east of Scotland.

Frank Saunders, of the Met Office, said the UK and Ireland will turn increasingly windy as the storm, named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann, sweeps in.

The River Nith burst its banks in Dumfries on Saturday
(Image: Dumfries Galloway Police Division)

He said: “It’s going to be windy across the western half of the UK, with gusts reaching 60-70mph along Irish Sea coastlines, the west of Scotland and perhaps some English Channel coasts – maybe even 80mph in exposed places.”

Saunders added the severe conditions, including heavy rain, could cause travel disruption, and those in affected areas are advised to take extra care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads.

Looking further ahead, he said: “It looks like it’s going to stay very unsettled with the potential for further disruptive weather.”

The warning comes after parts of Scotland were hit by severe flooding following a deluge of rain over the weekend.

Heavy downpours and high winds battered much of the country, causing major disruption to transport links.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning on Saturday and The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) issued 29 flood warnings and 16 flood alerts.

These alerts covered most of Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders, Tayside and Central Scotland.

Passengers were left stranded in Aviemore and Falkirk as flood water caused chaos on railway lines between Kingussie and Aviemore in the Highlands, as well as Croy and Larbert.

Flooding in Aberfoyle over the weekend
(Image: Trossachs SAR/Twitters)

Meanwhile, members of the public were urged to avoid the Whitesands area of Dumfries after the River Nith burst its banks.

Dumfries and Galloway police posted images of Whitesands covered with water spilling onto a car park near a section of the river.

A number of SPFL fixtures were also postponed due to the downpours.

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