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30-hour Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain issued for parts of the Highlands

By Philip Murray

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The area covered by the yellow Met Office warning. Picture: Met Office.
The area covered by the yellow Met Office warning. Picture: Met Office.

A 30-hour long weather warning for heavy rain has been issued for parts of the Highlands.

The Met Office is warning of disruptive rainfall totals of up to 100mm affecting parts of the region after it issued a yellow alert for rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

The alert comes into force at midday on Wednesday and will remain in place until 6pm on Thursday.

In the Highlands it covers south-eastern Caithness, eastern coastal areas of Sutherland, Easter Ross, the Black Isle, Inverness, the Great Glen as far south as Loch Oich, Nairnshire and the Cairngorms. The whole of Moray, Aberdeenshire, and Perth & Kinross are also included in the wider alert which affects most of eastern Scotland, the border counties and parts of the central belt.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “An area of heavy rain is expected to move northwest across Scotland from Wednesday afternoon, with rain most persistent across northern and eastern hills.

“Rain likely to turn more showery through Thursday in central and southern areas. There remains some uncertainty on the duration and placement of the heaviest outbreaks, but there is a small chance that it will become slow-moving over Moray and northern Aberdeenshire, and to a lesser extent Lothian and Borders.

“Should this happen then some places could see 60-80 mm of rain falling in 12 hours, with a very low chance of 100 mm.”

Network Rail Scotland has warned train passengers to expect disruption.

Taking to its social media channels, the organisation said: “At 11.15am this morning we held an extreme weather teleconference to discuss our plans following a forecast of heavy rain tomorrow and continuing into Thursday for much of the country. We're making sure everything's in place to keep Scotland's Railway moving safely.

“We’ll need to limit train speeds on some routes as lots of heavy rain falling in a short period can lead to flash flooding and landslips. Rising river levels also put our bridges under strain. We'll update you on the speed restrictions once they're finalised.

“If you're travelling over the next couple of days, check with your operator or National Rail Enquiries for updates on your journey.”

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