Gusts of wind 'up to 50mph' close bridges while conditions remain mild

Strong winds have caused difficult road conditions for motorists on Thursday morning.

Gusts of wind ‘up to 50mph’ close bridges while weather conditions remain mild across Scotland iStock

The Forth Road Bridge has been closed to double-decker buses, motorcycles, vehicles with trailers, cyclists and pedestrians as strong gusts of wind reach up to 50mph.

A strong wind warning is also in place on the M90 Queensferry Crossing with road users urged to take care.

Thermometers could peak at around 15C or 16C on Thursday during the day in some parts of Scotland, with central and southern parts of Scotland potentially remaining above 14C moving into night-time.

STV News weather presenter Philip Petrie said: “Over the next few days things are staying fairly unsettled with spells of wet and very windy conditions. It’s not until we get to Sunday that we start to see high pressure dominating and a more settled, quiet and dry day ahead.”

Temperatures this week remain well above average for the time of year, as Scots experience mild weather conditions due to south westernly airflow.

Elsewhere, there are warnings in place for road users planning to travel on bridges around Scotland.

The Kessock Bridge, Dornoch Bridge, Skye Bridge, Tay Road Bridge, Erskine Bridge and Friarton Bridge all have warnings in place due to being battered by high winds.

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