Flood outlook - 10 January

date10 January 2016

Nigel Goody, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:

“Outbreaks of rain and hill snow will affect the north and western areas on Sunday, with a band of more persistent rain through the Central Lowlands for a time. At present, the rest of the week is forecast tobe generally cold and showery, with the showers most frequent in the west, with snow down to low levels at times.

“The flood risk is currently low for Aberdeenshire, however Flood Warnings have been issued for Inverurie and Kintore as a precaution as minor flooding impact may result from damaged embankments caused by the recent flood event. Elsewhere, smaller water courses may respond due to the rainfall overnight. In Dundee, Angus and Tayside, minimal impacts are also possible on the River Isla and small watercourses, with any impacts likely to be localised flooding of land and local disruption to travel.

“With the area of low pressure now concentrated in the South West, there is also a low flood risk for Ayrshire, and West Central Scotland, as rivers in North Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire respond to potentially 25mm of rainfall throughout the day. Minor flooding disruption is likely such as localised flooding agricultural land and roads.

“Given the scattered nature of rain through Sunday, minor impacts are possible on Sunday afternoon in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Orkney, Caithness and Sutherland.

“Strong to gale force winds in the far north could cause high waves during Sunday and into Monday. Localised spray and wave overtopping is possible in exposed coasts including eastern facing areas of the Western and Northern Isles, but in particular the Moray Firth and the eastern Caithness and Sutherland show the highest risk of impacts around high tide Sunday morning.

“While overall there looks to be an improving situation please remain conscious of conditions in your area when travelling and prepare accordingly. For the most up to date information check our live flood updates or sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for the latest information on flood risk in your area.

"If you wish to report and alert others to flooding, this can be done using Report-a-Flood. Please note that Report-a-Flood is purely for information sharing and cannot be used to report problems, ask questions or report emergencies. Emergency situations should always be reported to the emergency services."