The Met Office has issued yellow rain warnings for parts of Scotland next week. From 6pm on Monday until 9pm on Tuesday, one yellow rain warning covers swathes of northern and eastern Scotland – including Aberdeen and Inverness. The Met Office is warning heavy rain could bring localised flooding, with hill areas catching up to 50mm of rainfall.
The warning reads: “An area of persistent and heavy rain will spread in from the east on Monday evening, lasting much of the night before turning showery on Tuesday.
“20-30 mm will fall quite widely across the area with some hilly areas possibly catching 40-50 mm.
“Further showers through the day could bring another 10-15 mm in places. With the ground already saturated this is likely to lead to flooding in a few areas.”
Another yellow rain warning has been issued for areas in the SW Scotland, Lothian Borders region, affecting East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian Council and Scottish Borders.
The warning is active from 6pm on Monday until 6am on Tuesday.
The warning reads: “An area of persistent and heavy rain will spread in from the east on Monday evening, lasting much of the night before clearing to scattered showers by morning.
“20-30mm will fall quite widely across the area with some hills possibly catching 40mm or more before it clears.
“With the ground already saturated this likely to lead to flooding in a few areas.”
The latest Met Office warnings follow a week of unsettled weather in the UK, where some areas witnessed the first snowfall of the winter period.
Multiple weather warnings were issued across the UK over the course of this week for snow, ice and rain.
Today several areas in the UK woke up to early fog patches, especially in parts of Northern Ireland and eastern, southern and central England.
The Met Office forecast for Sunday states the fog will slowly clear, and the rest of the day will be “fairly cloudy with patchy rain over northern England, parts of Wales and the Midlands”.
Elsewhere in the UK is expected to be “mostly fine”, particularly in western Scotland.
Sunday is expected to be a generally cold day for the UK, and tonight some areas are likely to see a repeat of the frost and freezing fog of last night.
The Netweather forecast for tonight reads: “Staying largely dry Sunday night, another cold night, large amounts of cloud around across central, southern and eastern England, but where skies clear, frost and freezing fog will form.
“A risk of icy patches on untreated wet surfaces. A few showers possible around coasts.”
The record for the coldest temperature this year of is -10.2C, which was recorded at Balmoral in Scotland in February.
Although this hasn’t been beaten yet in December 2020, a chilly -9.6C was recorded at Altnaharra, Sutherland, in the Highlands on Thursday this week.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes make it 6/4 for December 2020 to be the coldest on record, and 1/3 for snow to fall in the UK on Christmas Day.