RESIDENTS should expect powerful gales of up to 80mph over the weekend, forecasters are warning.

This comes as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

The warning covers most of the country, coming into force from midnight on Friday and remaining in place until 6pm on Saturday.

Forecasters say there is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, as well as a small chance that some roads and bridges could close.

Moreover, some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely, while there is also a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services such as mobile phone coverage.

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A Met Office spokesman said: “The strongest winds will arrive across northern Scotland during Friday afternoon, before becoming more widespread overnight and into Saturday morning.

“Winds will tend to slowly ease from the north during the afternoon.

“The location and strength of the very strongest winds remains uncertain.

“However, gusts seem likely to reach 50 to 60mph widely, with 70 to 80mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and north-east England.”