Met Office issues yellow rain warning in Scotland

Last day of hot weather in 2023! UK to bask in 71F temperatures today before tumbling at the weekend after unseasonably warm October

Britain will bask in 71F temperatures today, before the mercury tumbles at the weekend following a spell of unseasonably warm weather.

The South of the country is expected to remain dry throughout the day, though there is again a heavy rain warning issued for Scotland by the Met Office. 

Caution has been urged over possible flooding of homes and businesses and difficult conditions on the roads as the recent wet spell continues.

Elsewhere, however, forecasters expect a cloudy start to the day, with some mist and fog patches and hazy sunshine developing as the morning progresses.

The unseasonable 78F temperatures seen in recent days are due to dip, before falling more as the week goes on.

It comes after heavy rain swept Scotland over the weekend, causing flooding and transport disruption across the country.

The flooded Dell sports field in Kingussie near Aviemore following heavy rain

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, with heavy rain to drench Scotland and the North of England today – but the South is set to remain dry

Rescuers were last night using drones in their search for an elderly man, who was last seen in water over the weekend.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘Searches are continuing to trace a 77-year-old man swept into the River Tay, near Strathtay.

‘The incident was reported around 5.30pm on Sunday, and a multi-agency response was set up with partners.

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‘Conditions on the River Tay remain challenging and specialist resources are being used, including drones and the Police Scotland helicopter, to find the missing man.’

Flood warnings remain in place in many parts of Scotland, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).

Two severe flood warnings were in place in Aviemore/Dalfaber and Perth last night, with 34 flood warnings and 10 flood alerts in place elsewhere around the country.

A yellow weather warning for rain is in place for the west of Scotland today, but more severe amber warnings that had been in place over the weekend have been lifted by the Met Office.

The A83 between the Rest and Be Thankful and Inverary, Argyll and Bute, closed for work to remove debris from landslips.

Six further landslips were identified as a result of the work, Bear Scotland confirmed on Monday.

The road maintenance firm said it had removed 9500 tonnes of debris from the A83 so far, with a further approximate 2,000 tonnes on the hillside likely to need removing before the road can safely open.

The area around the Rest and Be Thankful experienced around a month’s worth of rainfall, about 160mm, in 36 hours.

Heavy rain caused flooding in many areas over the weekend, leading to road closures and train cancellations which continued into Monday.

A clean-up operation at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute, where one month’s rain fell in 24 hours

A vehicle is driven through floodwater in Lynchat near Aviemore after heavy rain

Network Rail Scotland said the line between Dunblane and Perth will remain closed on Tuesday while it works to repair a ‘huge amount’ of flood damage, but said on X, formerly known as Twitter, it was anticipated that the line would reopen by mid-morning on Wednesday.

Police Scotland said communities ‘faced some of the most challenging conditions ever’ over the weekend, with 10 motorists airlifted to safety on Saturday due to landslides on the A83 in Argyll and Bute, which dislodged 2,000 tonnes of debris. Another four were airlifted in Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute.

Ruth Ellis, Scottish Environment Protection Agency flood duty manager, said: ‘It’s been a difficult weekend across Scotland, with severe weather causing widespread travel disruption to road and rail networks, and impacts in communities all over Scotland.

‘Across many areas of the country there is still some deep-standing water and it’s really important people understand the danger. Hazards can be hidden, so please don’t walk or drive into flood water.

‘Remember that not only is flood water likely to be dirty, 30cm (1ft) of fast-flowing water can move an average family-sized car, and just 15cm (6in) of fast-flowing water could be enough to knock you off your feet.

‘Our teams have been working around the clock with partner agencies, including Scottish Government, the Met Office, emergency services and local authorities, across this major weather event.’

The challenges posed by the flooding have been compared to those faced during the Beast from the East period of cold weather in 2018.

Stein Connelly, head of transport resilience at Transport Scotland, said: ‘It’s been an extremely challenging 72 hours, with perhaps some of most difficult conditions we’ve experienced since the Beast from the East.

‘In terms of Argyll, the area around the A83 Rest and Be Thankful saw a month’s worth of rainfall, around 160mm, fall over 36 hours.

‘Only a small amount of debris has reached the road at the Rest and Be Thankful itself.

‘Safety inspections are now under way and teams are on site to begin clear-up operations once it is deemed safe to do so.’

Elsewhere, work is under way to clear other roads affected by flooding.

The Cowalfest walking festival, due to be held from October 12 to 16, has been cancelled due to the ‘unprecedented’ rainfall on Saturday which led to flooding, landslides and damage to walking trails.

Cowalfest chairwoman Agnes Harvey said: ‘The decision takes into account the extensive damage to the Cowal landscape caused by flooding and the resulting health and safety risks to walkers and walk guides.’

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