Wind warning issued for Scotland

The Met Office has issued a weather warning to drivers in Scotland to be extra careful on Monday due to an "exceptionally windy weather".

According to the forecast, some areas in the country may experience gusts as high as 80mph and the possible impact of the wind has been raised at a meeting of Scottish Government's emergency committee.

The warning has been issued across Scotland but central and southern parts of the country are expected to be more exposed to the wind.

Keith Brown, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, has urged people to listen to the travel updates on radio before going out on a journey.

Mr Brown said: "Motorists are advised to plan their journeys on Monday in view of the possibility of severe winds affecting the country, particularly south and central Scotland, around the rush hour period and throughout the day.

"Variable message signs are alerting motorists to the risk of high winds, and the operating companies are at a heightened state of readiness to deal with any issues that might arise across the trunk road network as a result of the high winds."

Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said Scotland was facing an unseasonably windy spell.

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