The Met Office has issued an urgent ‘danger to life’ flood warning for parts of the UK.
The weather warning, which is in place for six hours between midnight on Friday night and 6am on Saturday, is currently in place for five British regions.
These are the Scottish areas of the Grampian, the Highlands, the south of Scotland, Central Scotland and Strahclyde.
New weather maps on WX Charts show a huge wall of rain heading towards the north of the UK.
The forecaster confirmed that “heavy and persistent rain this weekend may cause flooding and disruption across parts of Scotland”.
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The Met Office has hinted that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings, while fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a “danger to life”.
Major public transport routes like trains and buses could be subject to severe delays, while spray and flooding is likely to lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.
Some communities may even be cut off entirely by flooded roads.
Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses are also possible.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Rain is expected to develop across many parts of Scotland during Friday afternoon but is likely to persist through much of Saturday into Sunday morning before gradually easing.
“There remains some uncertainty in the longevity and amount of rainfall, particularly across northeast Scotland and eastern portions of the Central Belt.
“However, there is an increasing likelihood of some low lying areas seeing 50-75 mm of rain whilst over higher ground 100-150 mm is possible, perhaps in excess of this in a few locations across western Scotland.”
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