The worst of Storm Deirdre is now expected to miss the region – but Teessiders should still be braced for strong winds. A Yellow Weather Warning had been issued by the Met Office on Tuesday, warning of severe disruption. It had said some roads and bridges may be closed, with the wind warning in place for the whole of the North-east. However, the Met Office has now revised that warning – saying that Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland will now be the most badly affected. A separate, Yellow Weather Warning for rain is in place on the South West coast. But despite the downgrade, Teessiders should still expect very strong gusts on Friday and into Saturday. Forecasters are predicting that south-westerly gusts of wind will be upwards of 30mph for most of Friday, and could reach up to 40mph by midnight. It could get even windier as we head into the earl hours of Saturday morning, with the fastest predicted gusts hitting between 9pm and 12 noon on Saturday. However, it’s likely to be dry and relatively mild. On Friday, temperatures could reach 12C and after a wet early morning, broken sunshine is on the cards. It’ll be drier through Friday night and into Saturday morning, with clear skies until late afternoon. But Saturday will be slightly cooler with highs of 9C, which is still warmer than average for December.