Flooding outlook - Wednesday 17 June

  17 June 2020

Significant disruption is possible on Wednesday across the south west of Scotland and into Argyll due to heavy showers and thunderstorms. Minor disruption is also possible across parts of the Central Highlands, Tayside and Central Scotland.

Significant surface water impacts are possible across parts of Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran, south Argyll, western parts of the Borders, and West Central Scotland if the heaviest showers fall over built-up areas or the transport network. These are likely to develop during the afternoon, but may continue into the evening.

SEPA has regional flood alerts in place and a team of expert staff from SEPA will closely monitor and issue Flood Warnings as required.

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.

Staying informed

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/

Be prepared and stay safe

  • Check Floodline - visit sepa.org.uk/floodupdates or call 0345 988 1188
  • Don’t walk through flood water – 15cm of fast flowing water could be enough to knock you off your feet and hazards can be hidden under the water.
  • On the road or on public transport we can expect difficult conditions.
  • Drive with care, and do not travel through deep fast flowing water. It only takes 30sm of fast flowing water to move an average family sized car.
  • If you are walking beside rivers be extra careful of wet footpaths and possibly small watercourses in spate.

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.

  • 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.