Hogmanay event will go ahead in full despite storm


Edinburgh's Hogmanay organisers say they expect the event not to be affected by Storm Dylan.

Scotland is set to be battered by winds of up to 80mph on New Year's Eve.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind for Argyll, Ayrshire and much of Dumfries and Galloway from 04:00 to 13:00 on Sunday.

It said there was the "potential for injuries and danger to life from flying debris" with disruption likely across the road, rail and ferry network.

The storm is set to move in from Northern Ireland at about midnight before subsiding on Sunday afternoon.

In Edinburgh and parts of the Central, Tayside and Fife regions, a yellow "be aware" warning is in place from 02:00 until 15:00 on Sunday.

Organisers said Edinburgh's event would go ahead in full, with any severe weather due to happen before Sunday night's celebrations began.

'Specific forecast'

A spokeswoman for Underbelly, the organisers of the Scottish capital's Hogmanay celebrations, said: "Edinburgh's Hogmanay is, as always, in constant contact with the Met Office, receiving regular forecast updates specific to Edinburgh.

"Forecasters are predicting that Storm Dylan will hit Scotland's central belt between 12 midnight and 3pm on the 31st, happening after the torchlight procession on the 30th and passing before the Hogmanay celebrations on the 31st.

"The specific forecast produced for the Hogmanay celebrations by the Met Office considers all the latest data and provides the most likely scenario for Edinburgh City itself through which we are reassured that the planned events and preparations will not be affected and that the celebrations will go ahead in full."

More than 150,000 revellers are expected in the Scottish capital for the event.

A torchlight procession will take place on Saturday night, with the famous street party and Princes Street Gardens concert starring Rag'n'Bone Man happening late on Sunday.

Separately, a yellow warning for ice is currently in place for much of the north of Scotland, lasting until late on Sunday morning.

'Cause disruption'

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: "The strongest winds are expected around the south west and Clyde coast from early tomorrow morning.

"Gusts of 55-65mph are expected quite widely, with some reaching up to 80mph in the worst affected areas.

"It's highly likely that these conditions will cause disruption to transport and it's important people take the weather into account if they are planning to travel by road, train, ferry and air.

"There is potential for debris on the trunk road network, as well as bridge restrictions, so drivers should check the most up-to-date information before they start their journey, drive to the conditions and follow police advice."

Large waves in coastal areas are also expected during the storm and there are warnings about the chance of bridge closures and power cuts.

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