The weather across the country remains unsettled over the weekend and into next week, with wind and rain affecting most of western and central Scotland.
Rivers are high in many areas and the ground is saturated with standing water on many fields and roads. This means that the rain we are seeing will keep rivers high, and will cause them to rise in response to the rain. While we expect to see flooding of low-lying land and roads and travel disruption is likely in known trouble spots, the rivers are not expected to cause widespread flooding.
SEPA has regional Flood Alerts and local Flood Warnings in place across Scotland, and it is likely more will be issued throughout the day as river levels rise.
A team of expert staff from SEPA will closely monitor river levels and rainfall throughout the weekend and issue Flood Warnings as required.
Strong winds could cause some spray and wave overtopping along the west coast and Northern Isles, particularly Orkney, around periods of high tide. The astronomical tides are not as high as a few weeks ago, and we are not expecting the same level of impacts coastal areas experienced during Storms Ciara and Dennis.
There are indications that the beginning of next week will remain unsettled. SEPA and the Met Office work in partnership and coordinate daily to a focussed overview of the flooding risk across Scotland from river, surface and coastal flooding.
The latest forecasts and observations are combined with local expertise from all regions of Scotland to understand and present the flooding risk. Updates will be provided as we receive further information.
While widespread flooding is not expected, it is important that people are aware of the situation in their local areas, and through areas they may be travelling through.
All SEPA’s Alerts and Warnings are available on our website at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/ or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
Floodline is always the most up-to-date information – with any new flood updates available as soon as they are issued.
You can also sign up to receive these messages to your phone, for free. You can call Floodline or register online at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup/
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What’s the difference between a Flood Alert and a Flood Warning?
We use forecast weather information provided by the Met Office combined with our own observation of rainfall and river levels and advanced hydrological modelling to provide advance warning of flooding.