21st April 2018
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Severe gales prompt weather warning

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The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” weather warning for Shetland – with severe gales predicted.

Warnings are in place across Scotland.

The Met Office warning for Orkney and Shetland states: “Gales will affect much of Scotland during Monday, with severe gales towards the north and west.Gusts in these areas will exceed 70 mph at times, especially along exposed coasts, while mountains will see even higher values. 

“Exposed western coasts are likely to be affected by unusually high sea and swell conditions, although fortunately tides, being neap, will make only a relatively small contribution on this occasion.

“The high winds will be accompanied by heavy, squally wintry showers, these probably falling largely as sleet and hail on coasts, but readily turning tsnow inland and at any elevation.”

It adds: “The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially to travel.”

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