Barbara makes a welcome exit, but other unpleasant weather visitors are still likely this Christmas!

Storm Barbara is now long gone, having taken up residence in the Norwegian Sea overnight. The highest recorded wind speeds in the Isles (at Met Office sites) were 70mph in Stornoway and 75mph in South Uist - considerably lower than predicted by various met models in the days leading up to the storm. This was a fortunate, as if the winds had been any stronger, much greater disruption would have been likely.

In Barbara’s wake, however, frequent squally wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow have followed through overnight. Another bout of heavy rain and severe gales is likely tomorrow, Christmas Day, in association with the next named storm, #StormConor. A Met Office “Be Aware” yellow warning remains in operation for our region.

On Boxing Day, we will again see a switch back to much colder conditions, with perhaps the accumulation of some snow in places, and a biting, raw wind. Thunder and lightning are also possible again.