Flooding outlook Thursday 16 January 2020

  16 January 2020

Weather conditions across Scotland are improving, however throughout Thursday, rain is expected, clearing from the West this evening with a few showers following for Thursday night. Coastal gales will ease later in the day.


The impact of the weather may result in coastal flooding in south-west Scotland, and river with surface water flooding impacts expected across western areas of the country.


There remains a risk of coastal flooding to communities, road and rail routes around the Solway Firth, on the Ayrshire coast, in the Firth of Clyde, in Loch Fyne and around the coasts of Kintyre and Islay. The period of most significant risk is around mid-afternoon to early evening, and timings can be found in the Flood Alerts and Warning at floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates


It is possible that river flooding and surface water will have an impact on communities in the western areas of Scotland, in particular, western parts of Central and Tayside, as rivers respond to rainfall throughout Thursday.


These conditions can be dangerous. Follow the advice of the emergency services. Be aware of the most up-to-date Alerts and Warnings via our website and Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Advice on how to be prepared for flooding, for your home, business and travel is available from floodlinescotland.org


What are Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings?


We use forecast weather information provided by the Met Office combined with our observation of rainfall and river levels and advanced hydrological modelling to provide advance warning of flooding.


Regional Flood Alerts are early advice that flooding is possible across a wider geographical area. The purpose of the Alerts is to make people aware of the risk of flooding and be prepared. We normally issue them 12 to 24 hours in advance of the possibility of flooding.


Flood Warnings are more locally specific and are issued for areas where we have gauges on rivers to measure the exact river height. They are issued at shorter notice when we are more certain that a specific area will be affected.