Scotland’s weather: Flooding and 70mph gusts as Storm Erik brings wet and windy Saturday

Storm Erik has led to weather warnings around the UK. Picture: SWNS
Storm Erik has led to weather warnings around the UK. Picture: SWNS
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Storm Erik’s strong winds will bring another blustery day across Scotland, with flooding likely in some parts due to heavy rain.

Gusts of 70mph are expected on Saturday, as Erik again batters much of the country.

A spell of strong winds will move from west to east through Saturday morning, bringing potential travel disruption.

Yellow weather warnings for wind and rain had been in place for much of Scotland on Saturday, but have since been cancelled with the storm expected to ease off over the course of the day.

Rain is forecast for part of the day across the central belt with temperatures hovering between 2C and 8C.

The storm’s strongest recorded gust on Friday was 84 mph at Capel Curig, in Wales, the Met Office said.

Footage showed a British Airways plane forced to abandon its initial landing at Heathrow airport after strong winds put the aircraft off-balance seconds before it was about to touch down.

Also on Friday a tree fell on to a double-decker bus in Dorset, but no injuries were reported.

A weather warning for wind on Saturday remains in place for England, while in Scotland heavy rain is expected into the afternoon, with a risk of flooding in some parts, the Met Office said.

Much of the country will see strong winds and rain showers, some mixed with hale and becoming thundery, meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

“It’s going to be another very windy one, particularly across northern England, Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern Wales. They’re going to have very strong winds.

“We could therefore see some further problems on roads.”

As winds ease off later on Saturday, some hill snow is forecast in central and southern parts of England and into Wales, Mr Burkill said, before calmer conditions on Sunday.

“That (hill snow) will clear through Sunday morning, with blustery showers following behind. Meanwhile, in the north it’s going to be a fairly bright day. There will be a few showers perhaps and it could turn windy but not as windy as today by any means.”