Alert of high winds could cause problems for Lossie rafters

Raft Racers should expect choppy waters again on Sunday.
Raft Racers should expect choppy waters again on Sunday.

MORAY RESIDENTS ARE being put on alert for high winds that are expected to develop late on Saturday and overnight into Sunday morning.

The Met Office Yellow Alert warns that winds of up to 60mph can be expected along the Moray coast and into Aberdeenshire.

While the average wind expectation is just 45-50mph, the warning notes that at this time of year – and in particular over a weekend – that may have an adverse effect on public activities.

The timing will come as a particular warning for organisers of the Lossiemouth Raft Race which is due to take place on Sunday. While it is hoped that the winds will have receded by the afternoon, they could have an effect on the RAF volunteers setting up tents and stalls for the event.

Those taking part in the Raft Race should also be wary of high winds – although at this point the Met Office cannot say exactly where and how the winds will strike, the warning saying: “There remains some uncertainties concerning the shape and precise track of the low, which will affect the strength and timing of peak gusts.

“For this reason, look out for possible updates to this warning, but there is high confidence in the general idea of a period of unseasonably strong winds.”

To keep up to date with the warning visit the Met Office online warnings system.