Weather: Sun reigns for some, heavy rain for others

Warmer weather is on the way for much of the UK, but there is an increasing likelihood of disruptive rainfall across Scotland this weekend.

A weather front is expected to become slow-moving across Scotland from Friday and bring heavy and persistent rain to many areas through Saturday before easing on Sunday.

A yellow warning for rain has been issued for a large part of Scotland which will come into force from midnight on Friday night and extends through Saturday until 6.00am on Sunday.

Many areas within the warning area are likely to see over 50 mm of rain but some places, mainly higher ground areas in western Scotland could see 100-150 mm.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Matthew Lehnert said: “Rain is expected to become heavy and persistent across much of Scotland later on Friday and is likely to continue throughout Saturday.

“There is an increasing likelihood of disruption and flooding from this heavy rainfall, particularly across western Scotland.

“We’ll continue to review warnings in the coming days so it’s important for everyone to stay up to date with the latest forecast for their area.”

At the same time, some unseasonably warm air will move across much of the UK from the south.

In the latest Met Office 10 Day Trend video, Presenter and Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “The jet steam is going to push its way northwards ahead of the weekend, which will allow for some very warm air to come in from the south.

“As we go into the weekend frontal systems will remain trailing across Scotland as this warm air moves into the south.

“For many further south it will be a fine, dry day on Saturday with temperatures getting to highs of around 25C, which is unusually warm for the time of year.

“By Sunday, it’ll be a more widely dry and sunny day for many. Highs or around 26C or even 27C in isolated spots is possible.”

RNLI National Water Safety Partner, Samantha Hughes, said: “With warm weather forecasted, we are likely to see people visiting the coast and inland waterways.

“As it is outside of the summer season, not everyone will be able to access a lifeguarded beach so we’d like to remind people what to do if they find themselves struggling in the water.

“Remember to float to live. Tilt your head back with your ears submerged, try to relax and breathe normally, move your hands to help you stay afloat.

“When it is safe, then swim to safety or call for help.

“If you see someone else in danger at the coast, please call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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