UK weather: More rain as flooding in Scotland sees weather warning issued

Sam Hancock
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A still from a video that an Aberdeenshire resident uploaded to social media shows the extent of flooding in Ellon alone (Twitter/Shotgun_Paul)
A still from a video that an Aberdeenshire resident uploaded to social media shows the extent of flooding in Ellon alone (Twitter/Shotgun_Paul)

Yet more rain is set to fall in the UK on Thursday, with parts of Scotland being the worst affected.

Two yellow weather warnings were issued at 4am in the country’s northeast after heavy rain and severe flooding forced residents to evacuate damaged properties and abandon their cars in water.

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, and Perth and Kinross all have warnings in place until 11am on Thursday while a warning for Moray and the Inverness area will expire at 8am, according to the Met Office.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it responded to reports of flooding in Ellon, in Aberdeenshire, at around 4.50am onwards. The Service successfully rescued residents from six properties.

The Met warning says that heavy rain will continue to fall in northeast Scotland through Thursday morning, causing a further 30-40mm to affect local areas and around 15mm in communities further afield. By early afternoon, though, the rain will gradually ease in all areas.

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In northern England, particularly Newcastle, there will also be some downpour and general cloudiness throughout the day. The Met is encouraging anyone in the north who is set to leave their home today to have an umbrella to hand.

In the south, particularly on the coast, it will be much a drier start to the day than it was on Wednesday. Southampton is set to record 13C by 8.30am – the UK’s second highest temperature at that time.

By this evening, both Scotland and Northern Ireland will be cloudy with patchy rain affecting some parts of eastern Scotland. England and Wales will be largely dry with clear spells. After midnight, rain will also affect Northern Ireland and western Scotland, accompanied by strengthening southerly winds.

A new report by the PA news agency has also revealed that the UK’s adverse weather conditions – both the current rainfall as well as soaring temperatures seen in summer – will only worsen in the coming years as a result of the climate crisis.

While emissions that cause climate change will see summer extremes of 37C in London and 31C in Edinburgh by 2050, more rain is likely in extreme one-day and five-day rainfall events, the report details.

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