Yellow warning for rain

Published on Wednesday 25 October 2023

The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for persistent and occasionally heavy rain for the Tayside area.

This is expected to lead to some flooding and transport disruption in areas of Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross.

The yellow warning is for midday on Thursday 26 and midday on Saturday 28 October, when more rain is expected across eastern Scotland.

Accumulations over the three days of the yellow warning period will widely be around 20 to 30mm, with 50 to 70 mm likely to fall over higher ground, where there is a lower probability of 80-100mm in a few locations.

David Scott, SEPA’s Flood Duty Manager, said:  

“Following last week’s severe weather event, people in communities in the northeast are still recovering from extensive river and surface water flooding impacts, and with more rain forecast for the coming days we understand that people may be concerned.  

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain starting on Thursday, but we are not looking at totals anywhere near what was experienced during Storm Babet and river levels are not forecast to be as high. 

“Forecasts show accumulations over the three days will widely be around 20 to 30 mm with 50 to 70 mm likely to fall over higher ground. There is a lower probability of 80-100 mm in a few locations. For context, during the weekend of Storm Babet, the northeast experienced 200-250 mm of rainfall in 48 hours. 

“Although widespread significant flooding is not currently expected, many catchments remain saturated following the recent heavy rainfall events – and further rain could affect areas where flood waters remain. We encourage people to continue to keep up to date by following weather information from the Met Office and flooding advice from SEPA.  

“We will continue to keep a close eye on the situation, monitoring 24/7 as well as working closely with the Met Office and local authorities. Regional Flood Alerts will be issued for affected areas and SEPA will issue localised Flood Warnings as required." 

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