There are yellow warnings for rain in place affecting Strathclyde, Galloway, Lothian & Borders, and Central, Tayside & Fife, running from 4am until 10am on Thursday. This will impact a number of regions throughout Scotland, including the southwest of the country, as well as Dundee, Falkirk, Edinburgh and South Lanarkshire. The latest warnings state there will be “heavy rain bringing a chance of some flooding and disruption”.
The Scottish Environment Flood Agency has also issued eight separate flood alerts and five flood warnings.
The Met Office said: “Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, are possible early on Thursday morning. Accumulations of 20-30mm are likely in a few hours with a chance of up to 40mm in one or two places.
“Following recent wet weather, this brings a risk of flooding and possible disruption to transport.
“The rain is expected to turn more showery later in the morning.”
The Met Office’s forecast for today states there will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers, but some will be “heavy with a risk of thunder”.
Although showers will ease inland for many throughout the UK this evening, “further showery bands running north across the southern Britain and northern Scotland”.
For Thursday, the Met Office has forecast: “Further showers and thunderstorms in south, mainly dry with variable cloud elsewhere with an increasing risk of heavy rain across northeast England and eastern Scotland later.”
Looking ahead from Friday until Sunday, the Met Office has warned of more thundery showers at the start of this period, although they will ease heading into the early part of the weekend.
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She also warned tropical cyclones in the Atlantic – triggered by Storm Danielle – are adding uncertainty to the forecast.
Ms Farrow wrote: “The risk of showers continues into Wednesday evening but they will be more scattered by then away from the southwest.
“Closer to the low centre the showers remain frequent and heavy. The low will move towards Pembrokeshire during Wednesday night.
“By Thursday the showers spread over most of England and Wales, again with heavy downpours and thunderstorms. There is a signal for another heavy band to move into Yorkshire and northern England by the afternoon.
“As the low continues to move over Britain, eastern Scotland sees an easterly wind and a westerly wind sets in for the Bristol Channel. This pattern continues, of scattered heavy showers rotating around the low which moves slowly eastwards across Britain.
The forecaster added: “There looks to be a lull from the showery downpours this weekend but tropical cyclones in the Atlantic are adding uncertainty to the forecast.
“Danielle will transition into an extratropical cyclone that could affect western Europe, with ex-Earl swirling further west.”