THE Met Office has issued a weather warnings for "heavy rain" and "flooding" in parts of Scotland later this week.

The first yellow warning is in place from Wednesday, November 1 from around 3am to around 3pm that afternoon.

This is expected to "bring some disruption to parts of the southwest, central and eastern Scotland".

A second yellow warning is in place for 24 hours from Thursday at 6am. This warns of a chance of flooding in southeast Scotland, including Edinburgh and the Borders.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has yellow flood risk warnings in place for Wednesday and Thursday.

For Wednesday, the warnings are in place across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Central, Dundee and Angus, Fife, Tayside, West Central Scotland. And on Thursday, they are focused on Edinburgh and the Lothians, and the Scottish Borders.

The news come as other parts of the UK were issued a more severe amber weather warning as Storm Ciarán approaches.

The south west of England and far western tip of Wales have been told to brace for strong winds from Thursday at 3am until 1pm, with a second amber warning in place for the south east coast from 6am to 8pm the same day.

What to expect as Met Office issues yellow rain alert for Scotland

According to the Met Office, "flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely" with bus and train services in Scotland likely to be "affected with journey times taking longer".

Spray and flooding on roads are also likely to make journey times longer for motorists travelling on Wednesday morning and afternoon.

This comes as Storm Ciarán hits the UK this week, bringing "strong winds and heavy rain to southern parts" of the country,

What does a yellow weather warning from the Met Office mean?

These weather warnings are issued for a range of situations that are likely to cause some low-level impact (such as travel disruption) to a limited area.

Such weather warnings mean most people can continue with their day as normal.

Other yellow warnings are issued when extreme weather is capable of causing an impact on most but where the certainty of this is much lower.

Find out more about your local weather forecast on the Met Office website.