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UK weather forecast: Flood alerts issued in Scotland after 24 hours of heavy rain

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A car drives through recent flooding near Oddington in Oxfordshire: PA

Scotland has been soaked by 24 hours of wet weather as a band of “heavy and persistent” rain sweeps the country with flood warnings issued in north eastern parts of the country.

The police has told motorists to keep off parts of the A93 which runs through Aberdeenshire because flooding had made it “impassible”.

Further heavy rain is forecast across Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus this afternoon and evening, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as temperatures plummet to as low -5C.

According to the Met Office the largest amount of rainfall fell in Craibstone, with 47.8mm falling in 24 hours, more than three times the monthly average for October.

Flood warnings have been issued in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City and Dundee and Angus in the northeastern parts of the country.

Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist at the Met Office told The Independent: “Rain was quite widespread across eastern parts of Scotland yesterday. It is now sinking towards southern Scotland so there is some heavy rainfall across the central belt today.

“A bit of dry weather is pushing in this afternoon. Still got some showers to come this weekend but many places are going to stay dry with some sunny spells.”

Flood warnings have been issued in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City and Dundee and Angus in the northeastern parts of the country (SEPA / Met Office )

The recent bout of rain has been caused by an unsettled jet stream across the UK but as that settles, the weather is set to be drier but also colder.

Ms Mitchell said: “We’ve got high pressure on Monday and Tuesday and it’s going to be quite chilly overnight with frosts across the north.

“Really from Sunday night we could see temperatures drop to -4C or -5C in parts of Scotland and northern Ireland.”

By day it’s going to start feeling colder as winter approaches with temperatures struggling to get above 12 or 13 degrees which is colder than we’ve been experiencing so far.

Another band of rain is expected to sweep across Scotland next week.

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