A NUMBER of flood warnings have been issued across Scotland with a heavy rain predicted to batter the country.

April’s wet weather is expected to continue with the Met Office predicting “very heavy and persistent” rainfall across the country.

A yellow warning for rain will come into force between 9am on Wednesday covering western areas of Scotland, with forecasters warning of problems on the roads and possible delays on public transport.

The National:

As of 8am on Wednesday morning, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has 14 flood alerts and six flood warnings in place.

The flood alerts are in place in the following areas:

  • Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City
  • Argyll and Bute
  • Ayrshire and Arran
  • Central
  • Dundee and Angus
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Edinburgh and Lothians
  • Fife
  • Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside
  • Scottish Borders
  • Skye and Lochaber
  • Tayside
  • West Central Scotland
  • Western Isles

More severe flood warnings meanwhile are in place across these areas of Scotland:

  • Outer Wigtown Bay
  • Inner Wigtown Bay
  • Kirkcudbright Bay
  • Nith Tidal
  • Upper Solway Firth
  • Stornoway

Pascal Lardet, Sepa’s Flood Duty Manager, said on Tuesday night: “There is potential for flooding from rivers and surface water across southern, central and north-eastern parts of Scotland today and tomorrow due to persistent and heavy rain.

"Further heavy rain is also forecast in western areas tomorrow (Wednesday, April 10), with coastal impacts likely in the Solway Firth.

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“This may cause isolated property flooding as well as flooding of roads and disruption to travel. People living in affected areas are advised to plan journeys in advance. Don’t walk or drive through flood water as there may be hidden hazards.

“There is also a continued risk of coastal flooding impacts across the Solway Firth, Western Isles and along the east coast due to a period of high spring tides and some moderate wave surge, which will abate after Wednesday."

He advised: “Take care on exposed coasts as wave overtopping and spray can cause flooding on causeways, coastal paths and roads.

“We have issued regional flood alerts and local flood warnings and continue to work with the Met Office to monitor the situation 24/7. Stay up to date by checking alerts and warnings in force now for your area, and follow Met Office updates for weather impacts.”