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Solar Eclipse

New Partial Solar Eclipse on 25 October

This partial solar eclipse will be visible in the region covering Europe, the Middle East, north-eastern parts of Africa, Western Asia, the North Atlantic Ocean, North Indian Ocean.

Got a nice little event next week if we have clear skies, see below all the times across Scotland.

The moon will partially eclipse up to 82% of the Sun.

From the Scotland, the best time to see the eclipse will be from 10:00 BST until 12:00 BST.

LocationPartial eclipse beginsMaximum eclipsePartial eclipse ends
UK, Scotland10:08 a.m.10:59 a.m.11:51 a.m.

A solar eclipse happens when, at just the right moment, the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. Sometimes the Moon only blocks part of the Sun’s light.

This is called a partial solar eclipse. Other times, the Moon blocks all the Sun’s light.

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.  

  1. Total eclipse: The sun is fully obscured by the moon. 
  2. Partial eclipse: The moon doesn’t fully block the sun, so only a portion of the sun is obscured. Here, the moon appears to take a “bite” out of the sun.
  3. Annular eclipse: The moon is centred in front of the sun, but doesn’t cover the entirety of the surface (as seen in a total solar eclipse). A “ring of fire” shines around the moon. 
  4. Hybrid eclipse: The rarest solar eclipse is a combination of a total and annular eclipse (sometimes known as an A-T eclipse) and is produced when the moon’s shadow moves across Earth, it starts as one type of eclipse and transitions to another. 

Future solar eclipses

YearDateType of solar eclipseVisible locations
202320 AprilHybridSE Asia, E. Indies, Australia, Philippines. New Zealand. Hybrid: Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea
202314 OctoberAnnularN America, C. America, S. America
20248 AprilTotalN. America and C. America
20242 OctoberAnnularPacific, S. America
202529 MarchPartialNW Africa, Europe, N Russia
202521 SeptemberPartialS. Pacific, New Zealand, Antarctica
202617 FebruaryAnnularS. Argentina, Chile, S. Africa, Antarctica
202612 AugustTotalN. America, W. Africa, Europe
Solar Eclipse

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Met Office issues yellow warning for wind 5.10

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind for across Scotland this Wednesday.

Update: The Met Office has put in place the yellow warning from 00:00 to 11:00 on Wednesday, October 5.

A small chance of disruption from strong winds on Wednesday.

This yellow warning was yesterday, where was the time – 00:00 – 23:59

What to expect

  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
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Yellow weather warning issued. Wind across northern and western parts of the UK

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Face Covering

Face Covering New Changes come Enforce From 18 April

From Monday, you are no longer legally required to wear a face covering in most indoor spaces.

The legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor public spaces and on public transport will become guidance next week.

It is strongly recommended that face coverings continue to be worn where appropriate – including in indoor crowded spaces and on public transport – as members of the public are advised to carry on taking sensible precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Data shows the situation has generally improved but Covid has not gone away with over 5,000 cases a day still being recorded in Scotland.

In a letter to the Presiding Officer and relevant Committee Convenors, Ministers confirmed the remaining legal requirements will be lifted as expected on 18 April.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“In recent weeks we have seen steady progress as we move back to a greater sense of normality and a more sustainable way of managing this virus.

“However our NHS is still under pressure and the most vulnerable members of our society can still benefit from additional measures to protect them from the virus.

“That is why although the use of face coverings will become guidance rather than a legal requirement I strongly recommend members of the public continue wearing face coverings in indoor settings where possible, and particularly when significant numbers of people are present.

“We should also all continue to follow the latest advice on hygiene, ventilation, testing and of course vaccination to protect ourselves and each other.”


It was confirmed earlier this month that people without COVID-19 symptoms will no longer be asked to take regular lateral flow tests from 18 April. The change forms part of the Test and Protect Transition Plan, which sets out how testing will become more targeted, with the aim of reducing serious harm from COVID-19.

The changes to Test and Protect mean that from 18 April:

  • most people without symptoms will no longer be asked to take COVID-19 tests
  • free lateral flow devices (LFDs) for the purposes of twice weekly routine testing will no longer be available for the general population given the changing advice, but will continue to be free for any purpose for which testing continues to be advised – for clinical care, for health and social care workers and for people visiting vulnerable individuals in care homes or hospitals
  • until the end of April, people with symptoms should still isolate and get a PCR test
  • vaccinated close contacts of someone with COVID-19 should continue to test daily for seven days with LFDs

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 will still be able to book PCR tests in the usual way until 30 April. From that date, test sites will close and people with symptoms will no longer be advised that they need to seek a test. The public health advice for people who feel unwell will be to stay at home until they feel better, to reduce the risk of infecting other people.


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