REVELLERS have been warned to expect unsettled weather on Hogmanay, with rain showers and winds expected in the hours before the bells.
Forecasters said temperatures were likely to feel much colder than the 4C expected on New Year’s Eve, as tens of thousands take to city centres to enjoy street parties.
Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness should expect to see drier weather in the final hours of 2013, but Glasgow and the west were likely to see rain, the Met Office said.
However, the high winds which have forced the cancellation of the capital’s street party twice in the past ten years are forecast to stay about 40mph, compared to the 80mph winds which swept across much of Scotland last week.
Frequent showers and unsettled weather are expected throughout the week, forecasters added.
Peter Sloss, forecaster at the Met Office in Aberdeen, said last night: “The very changeable weather pattern is continuing, with typically rain during the day and dryer evenings. The next weather sequence we are seeing will push in from Sunday night, with gales mostly isolated to coastal areas of Scotland.
“The rain will not be particularly heavy, though in Dumfries, Stirling and Perthshire there may be some issues given the amount of ground water from the past few days.
“We’re looking at rain overnight Sunday to Monday, then improving later on Monday, as with that pattern.
“We’ll get a little gap then Monday into Tuesday is looking more unsettled. It looks like during the day we’ll get rain across all areas of Scotland, and light winds mostly.
“The rain should clear out into the North Sea, meaning that Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and other eastern areas should be dry in the hours before the bells.
“In Glasgow and the islands on the west we’re expecting rain right through the bells, but not heavy, mostly showers.”
He added: “Changeable is the theme this week and generally temperatures of 7C to 8C during the day. By midnight on Hogmanay it should be around 4C but 40mph gusts will make the wind chill factor feel colder.”