Heavy rain sweeps over much of Scotland

Rainfall radar Radar images from early Saturday afternoon showed heavy rain falling in many parts of the country

A heavy band of rain has swept across Scotland. It led to yellow warnings being issued by the Met Office.

The rain began to clear the central belt by mid-afternoon on Saturday but persisted through Tayside.

Heavy persistent rain also fell over Orkney, Caithness, Moray and Aberdeenshire.

The yellow "be aware" warnings were issued for these areas and for Tayside. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued six flood alerts.

They apply to Tayside, the north east, parts of the Highlands and Orkney. They remain valid until late morning on Sunday.

The rain is expected to clear the north of the country during Sunday afternoon. In south and central Scotland, bright or sunny periods have been forecast.

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