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Amber weather warning issued for Scotland

Heavy, persistent rain is expected in some areas of Scotland Credit: PA

A Met Office yellow warning has been received for Scotland.

The warning asks people to be aware as heavy and persistent rain is expected in some areas of Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway, over the next 24 hours.

It will persist this afternoon, through the night and into Friday afternoon.

Police Scotland is asking drivers to be aware of this warning and drive to the conditions they come across on the roads in the region. Standing water can be a hazard and drivers should use lights when the conditions demand it. There is the possibility of some river and coastal flooding in areas where the rain is most persistent.

Indications are that the rain will clear on Friday afternoon with scattered showers following on.



Weather warnings for road users in Cumbria

The Highways agency has issued warnings for high sided vehicles on the roads in Cumbria this evening and tomorrow morning.

Exposed parts of the A69, A66 between M6 junction 40 and A1 (Scotch Corner) and the A595 near Whitehaven will be particularly hit.

Road users driving high-sided vehicles, riding motorcycles or towing caravans are being urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions.

Met Office forecasters based in the Agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre in Birmingham are predicting very strong winds of 50-70mph across the North between 6pm tonight and 7am tomorrow.

Conditions on the roads will be worsened by the persistent and often heavy rain.

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