Britain is set to be battered by two bouts of stormy weather that are expected to hit the country over the next few days.
Storms are expected to affect northern areas in particular
Wind and rain will hit the UK on Friday night and may reach at least 80mph in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.
More gale force winds are expected to hit parts of the country, especially the north, on New Year's Eve.
Organisers of Scotland's biggest Hogmanay parties say they are monitoring weather forecasts.
More than 125,000 people are expected to celebrate the New Year in Edinburgh, where the weather is expected to be bad.
BBC forecaster Suzanne Charlton said: "Severe gales are expected in Edinburgh and the strong winds might be a problem for some of the revellers on New Year's Eve.
"There could possibly be trees coming down and damage done to buildings."
In 2003 thousands of people were left disappointed when Edinburgh's Hogmanay party was cancelled at the last minute because of stormy weather.
Organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2007 said there were no plans for any cancellations of this year's extravaganza.
A spokesman said: "We are aware that the forecast is not fantastic.
"However, since the last few years increased equipment has been put in place to cope with bad weather.
"There would have to be severe gales on the night for the event to be cancelled.
"Our first priority is the safety of the public and the final decision is made on Sunday."
The event is being headlined by Pet Shop Boys and Paolo Nutini and a huge firework display and series of outdoor events are also planned.
The Highways Agency has warned drivers to be prepared for the stormy weather that is on the way.
A spokesman said: "For the past two weeks drivers have had to contend with fog and relatively calm conditions.
"But with forecasters now predicting a period of wet and very windy weather leading into the New Year, drivers will see a noticeable change."
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