Amber warning for wind issued for Scottish Borders as Storm Arwen predicted to hit region

Fallen tree across a country road

Published: Thursday, 25th November 2021

The Met Office has today issued an amber weather warning for wind which covers almost all the Scottish Borders and runs from 3pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday

The warning is in place from 3pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday.

Strong winds throughout weekend

Two underlying yellow weather warnings for wind are also in place, covering a period from 9am on Friday to 6pm on Saturday. These cover the whole of the region. This is all connected to the first storm of the winter, named Storm Arwen.

The current forecast is for the peak of the winds to affect the Scottish Borders from Friday evening and into the early hours of Saturday. However strong winds are expected throughout the warning periods.

Gusts of up 65mph expected across area

During the amber warning period it is anticipated that there will be gusts of winds up to 65mph quite widely, with the potential for gusts of 75mph or more in the most exposed locations.

Unusually the wind is coming from a north-north easterly direction. Large waves and overtopping along the Berwickshire coast is possible, particularly at high tide.

Throughout Saturday, strong gusts of wind will continue to affect the area, along with some potential colder conditions which may bring some flurries of snow to the highest areas of the Borders.

Be prepared

Residents are encouraged to be prepared for the conditions, with the Met Office warning of the potential for power cuts, damage to buildings and fallen trees. Some travel disruption is possible, particularly for high-sided vehicles.

Updates will be provided through our free emergency messaging service SB Alert.