Severe gales battered northern parts of the UK and left many homes in Scotland without power

Record-breaking wind speeds were recorded in Scotland over the weekend as two Atlantic storms
brought gusts of up to 113mph to the country.

Following warnings from the Met Office at the start of last week, severe gales were experienced
across Britain from Friday through to Saturday.

Two low level stations recorded wind speeds of more than 100mph, with the gust recorded at Stornoway being the joint strongest record at the site. The other gust at that speed was recorded in February 1962.

Other parts of Scotland such as the Western Isles and Mid-Lothian were also hit by strong winds, with gusts reaching 90mph.

In England, the strongest gust recorded was at High Bradfield in South Yorkshire, with a speed of 76mph.

While conditions have improved, another Atlantic low pressure system is expected to deepen as it tracks towards to the UK later this week, bringing strong winds to the country once again.

The Met Office’s chief forecaster said: “The strongest winds will initially be across England and Wales during the second half of Wednesday into early Thursday.

“This may also lead to large waves on some coasts of Wales and southern England. A separate swathe of very strong winds will probably affect more northern parts of the UK including the Central Belt of Scotland during Thursday.”

Gusts of 50-65mph are likely quite widely throughout the country on Wednesday and Thursday, while gusts of 75mph are expected around southern and western coasts.