Yellow weather warning for rain issued weeks after devastating floods

Angus, Aberdeenshire and Moray face the threat of further heavy rainfall weeks after floods forced some to evacuate their homes.

Storm Debi Yellow weather warning for rain issued in Angus, Aberdeenshire and Moray weeks after Storm Babet devastation Jeff J Mitchell via Getty Images

Parts of Scotland battered by rain that caused widespread flooding and forced people to evacuate their homes are set to be hit again by torrential conditions.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for swathes of Angus, Aberdeenshire and Moray in the wake of Storm Debi.

Met Office forecasters said the fourth named storm of the season would mainly hit Northern Ireland, but areas of Scotland would feel strong ripple effects including up to 50mm of rain.

The warning will remain in place from 10am on Monday morning until 9pm on Monday evening.

It comes just a month after the north east was hammered by the effects of Storm Babet, prompting two red “danger to life” warnings for rain and smashing records for rainfall that had stood for more than a century.

The storm was named by the Irish Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, and will build from an area of low pressure currently approaching the UK from the south west.

Weather warnings for wind and rain are already in place for Northern Ireland.

Insight Philip Petrie STV Weather Presenter

“The Irish Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, took the decision this morning to name Storm Debi, our fourth named storm of the 2023-2024 storm season. 

“The storm itself is an area of low pressure currently approaching the UK from the south west, with the main impacts expected to be across parts of Northern Ireland, where there are already yellow weather warnings in place for wind and rain. 

“For Scotland the biggest impacts will be from the rain Storm Debi brings, and in particular across north eastern areas such as Angus, Aberdeenshire and Moray. It is around these areas that the Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for rain, that comes into effect Monday morning at 10am and lasts until 9pm. Within the warning zone we could see widely 30-50mm of rain in the space of 12 hours.

“The warning area covers parts of the country that have already seen flooding and widespread disruption from Storm Babet in October. It was during this storm that Angus saw its wettest day on record since 1891, coinciding with two red warnings for rain.

“The wettest locations in the north east recorded totals of between 150-200mm, with the wettest day of Storm Babet being October 19 when rain gauges at Glen Esk and Invermark Bridge saw 168.4mm and 151.6mm respectively. 

“It is likely that Storm Debi will cause further disruption within the north east before clearing quickly towards Monday night. After that things turn dry overnight Monday into Tuesday before further bands of rain move in to the west on Tuesday. It isn’t until Thursday that things start to turn more settled, with winds dying down and clearer skies developing.”

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