THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert for heavy rain in Scotland this week amid concerns over flooding and possible power cuts.

The warning is in place across most of the country with regions like Grampian, Strathclyde and Lothian set to be affected.

The alert will be in place from 12pm on Wednesday, May 22 and last until 6pm on Thursday, May 23.

Met Office issues yellow rain and flood alert for Scotland

The Met Office has told residents in Scotland to expect the following this week.

  • There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses
  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads
  • There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life

What does a yellow weather warning from the Met Office mean?

There are three commonly used colours when it comes to weather warnings issued by the Met Office.

Yellow, amber and red warnings are issued with each denoting various levels of danger and impact.

Yellow weather alerts are warnings that are issued for a range of weather situations that are likely to cause some low-level impact (such as travel disruption) to a limited area.

Such weather warnings mean most people can continue with their day as normal.

Other yellow warnings are issued when extreme weather is capable of causing an impact on most but where the certainty of this is much lower.