SCOTLAND is in for a week of wet weather as the country prepares for a washout brought on by an "Atlantic cyclone".

Two flood alerts and a yellow weather warning for rain are currently in place for parts of Scotland, with a band of heavy rain expected to sweep in during the early hours of Tuesday. 

High winds and thunder and lightning could also be on the cards thanks to a massive Atlantic cyclone which stretches from Scandinavia to Spain. 

Temperatures are also likely to plummet in the coming days, just days after Scotland recorded the hottest day of the year so far. 

Where are the flood alerts in Scotland? 

So far, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued flood alerts for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders. 

A spokesperson for the organisation said: “There is a risk of localised flooding impacts from surface water and smaller rivers. Impacts may include flooding to low-lying land and roads and disruption to travel."

Where is the yellow weather warning in place?

Meanwhile, a yellow weather warning for rain is in place for parts of Scotland throughout most of Tuesday. 

The warning covers Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian & Borders and Strathclyde, and is in place from 2am on Tuesday morning through to 6pm. 

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Heavy and persistent rain accompanied by strong southerly winds will affect southwest Scotland for much of Tuesday, clearing to the east by early evening.

“Rainfall totals will be widely 20-30mm, whilst high ground in the west, particularly around the Galloway Hills, could see 50-60mm.”

What does a yellow weather warning for rain mean? 

A yellow weather warning for rain means areas could experience some minor flooding. 

According to the Met Office, we can expect:

  • Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible
  • Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
  • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer