Scotland's weather: Flood warning issued by SEPA as country braced for two days of rain

A total of 13 regional flood alerts and 22 local flood warnings have been issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), as a large part of Scotland is braced for two days of rain.

The country could be hit by floods in the next 48 hours

From 6pm on Sunday, till 6pm on Tuesday, West, Central, Tayside and Northern Scotland will see persistent, often heavy rain and winds, with significant flooding impacts possible, particularly around the Spey, Forth and Tay.

SEPA is warning those out and about to take care when walking or travelling near coastal areas, including the Western Isles and Orkney, due to surge, strong winds and wave overtopping.

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Ruth Ellis, Duty Flood Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, said: “From late Sunday across to Tuesday, West, Central, Tayside and Northern Scotland will see persistent, often heavy rain and winds, with significant flooding impacts possible, particularly around the Spey, Forth and Tay and minor impacts possible across the broader areas.

“Take care when walking or travelling near coastal areas, including the Western Isles and Orkney, due to surge, strong winds and wave overtopping.

“13 Regional Flood Alerts and 22 local Flood Warnings are now in place, and people living and working in affected areas are advised to plan their essential journeys and consider the steps they need to take now to be prepared.”

SEPA uses Regional Flood Alerts as early advice that flooding is possible across a wider geographical area.

Flood Warnings are more locally specific and are issued for areas where there are gauges on rivers to measure the exact river height.