The Met Office have issued a series of weather warnings for Dundee, Tayside and Fife as the region prepares to be hit by Storm Diana.
A “major change” in the UK’s weather is expected in the coming days as the weather systems sweeps in from the Atlantic.
A major downpour of rain is expected to batter parts of north-eastern Scotland from Wednesday afternoon until the evening.
This could be accompanied by winds of up to 70mph.
The Met Office has placed a yellow warning of rain across the area from noon until 11pm on Wednesday and another one for wind from noon on Wednesday until 2am on Thursday.
A third wind alert is in place from 9am on Wednesday until 9pm on Thursday.
The warning says that we should expect the following:
- Some delays to public transport are likely, and journey times could take longer.
- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
- Some local short term loss of power and other services is possible.
- It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves
Storm Diana, named by the IPMA Portuguese weather service, is currently threatening the Azores and is due to make itself felt over western parts of the UK on Wednesday.
The Met Office statement on the weather warnings states: “Rain will become persistent and heavy at times across parts of northeastern Scotland on Wednesday afternoon and evening.
“Accumulations of up to 50mm (2in) are likely on high ground. This will come on top of rainfall on Tuesday, and melting snow.”
The forecaster added: “A very unsettled spell of weather is expected with strong southeasterly winds developing.
“Wind gusts of 60mph are expected, with some more exposed locations seeing 70mph gusts.
“Later in the day, gusts of 70mph-75 mph are expected to become more frequent across Shetland, where sustained wind speeds could reach 60 mph.”
Dan Harris, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “It now looks very likely that we will see a major change in the UK’s weather early in the week ahead.
“We expect spells of wet and windy weather to sweep across the UK from the south west from Tuesday, although at the moment there is uncertainty around the timing and the focus for the heaviest rain and strong winds by Wednesday as Storm Diana approaches our shores.”