Why it might feel like a summer's night in parts of Scotland

It looks like November outside, but temperatures are 'crazy' for this time of year.

Sean Batty: It’s windy and warm in Scotland, so what’s going on with the weather? iStock

Scotland is being hit with some very unusual conditions, as gusty winds drive temperatures towards late-May values in some parts of the country.

From looking out of the window, it looks typically November-like. Trees swaying in the wind, leaves blowing along the streets, and, in the north-west, rain pouring down the windows.

Step outside though, and it’s a strange feeling as a warm wind hits you in the face.

The air can be traced all the way back to Cuba, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, which is being dragged towards the UK by a large low-pressure system anchored in the Atlantic.

On Thursday, temperatures at some personal weather stations in the north Highlands around Rosehall and parts of Moray have hit 17-18C. Highs of 17C have also been seen in parts of Fife and East Lothian.

Overnight temperatures will stay in the low-to-mid teens across much of the country, which is just crazy stuff for November. In fact, to give you a bit of context, some spots may stay warmer tonight than they do on a July or August night. So, I expect there will be some local temperature records by Friday morning.

The extremely mild weather will continue into Friday, although temperatures will come down over the weekend and through next week.

As well as the extreme temperatures, we have excessive rainfall and a flood risk around Lochaber, Lochalsh, Ullapool, Skye, Lewis and Harris, where up to 100mm of rain could fall through today and tomorrow on high ground. This is just over a week’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

In addition to all this, we have strong and gusty winds which have hit nearly 60mph across the Hebrides and over 100mph on the mountain tops.

The gusty winds will continue into tomorrow across all areas, with a focus tomorrow morning across the Lothians, Edinburgh and the Borders which could get gusts up to 65mph for a time.

Given this will be a gusty wind, travelling conditions on the A1 could be particularly bad, especially for high-sided vehicles.

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