UK weather: Met Office forecasts rain and mild conditions
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The Met Office has staggered a series of yellow weather warnings for rain across the UK which come into place from today. Under these alerts are parts of Scotland and both northern and southern Wales. All areas are to expect a deluge of heavy rain moving in from the Atlantic from tonight – causing potential travel chaos across the board. People have been urged to take extra care on the roads, and expect delays on public transport networks. In Scotland, the risk of heavy rain is made worse by the thaw of snow on higher ground.
The Met Office’s warning for Scotland activates at 2pm and will finish at 6pm. It covers Angus, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Aberdeenshire, Highlands & Eilean Siar, Dumfries and Galloway the Scottish Borders, Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.
It says: “Outbreaks of occasionally heavy rain, falling onto already saturated ground, during Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday are expected to bring some localised flooding across parts of western and central Scotland.
“Accumulations widely of 15-25 mm are likely with a few locations, mainly western hills, seeing as much as 50 mm. In addition to the rainfall, rising temperatures will lead to a thaw of lying snow, especially over the hills and mountains to the north of the Central Belt of Scotland.”
Then, from 7pm, parts of Wales will come under a new warning.
The Met Office adds: “A spell of heavy rain is expected to develop through Tuesday evening and clear east during early Wednesday morning, following a day of fairly persistent rain across much of Wales.
“During this evening and night, a further 15-25 mm of rain is expected widely; in a few places this amount could fall in 3-4 hours. Some higher ground may see 40-50 mm of rain overnight.”
The full list of areas affected include Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan.
Flooding of a few homes and businesses is to be expected, the forecaster said, with more spray on the roads and public transport delays likely.
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