UK faces flood and heavy rain warning ahead of frosty weekend

BBC Weather: UK forecast further heavy rain showers

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Parts of the UK face a severe amber warning for heavy rain and possible flooding today, while temperatures continue to drop across the country this weekend. The severe amber warning has been issued for the north-east of Scotland, with cities such as Aberdeen at risk of seeing more than 100mm of rain in the next 24 hours. Aberdeen City Council, which has cancelled its Christmas tree lights switch-on event because of the weather forecast, has urged residents in flood-risk areas to stock up on sandbags.

The amber warning means there could be a danger to life from fast-flowing or deep floodwater, and some communities could be cut off.

BBC meterologist Matt Taylor said that the north-east of Scotland is “the exception” for the country today, following a torrent of rain this week.

More than 175 flood warnings and alerts remain in place in England and Scotland.

He told BBC Breakfast: “Plenty of rain around for some of you, but overall it will be drier for the vast majority of you.

“On the radar chart, not as much rain for England and Wales as we saw yesterday.”

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He continued: “The bulk of the rain is across parts of Scotland.

“It is here, across Aberdeenshire and parts of Perth, that we have a Met Office amber warning out for heavy rain, and further flooding is possible.

“Over the next few hours, that rain will become heavy and persistent.”

Mr Taylor said that there will be scattered showers and drizzle for the rest of the country, “but overall today is a much drier and brighter day today than what we have recently seen”.

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Temperatures will stay at around 10C, ahead of the weekend.

The BBC weather presenter added: “On Saturday, in the west of England and Wales, it is going to be a cold start to the weekend, with a touch of frost.

“This is where it will be brightest too, but as we move through the weekend, there is a greater chance for some showers.”

Over the weekend, temperatures will fall to single digits in Edinburgh and Belfast, dropping to 8C.

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The torrential weather on Thursday saw more than half a month’s worth of rain in some areas in just 24 hours, according to the Met Office.

Yellow rain weather warnings are also in force across the north-east of England and eastern Scotland.

The amber warning in Scotland has prompted ScotRail to put 40mph speed restrictions on some services today.

Craig Snell, from the Met Office, said Scotland could see “two days of persistent rain” and this may result in snow falling in the Scottish Highlands – although this is not unusual for November.

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