Ayrshire on flood alert

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AYRSHIRE has been issued with its first flood alert of the month as heavy and persistant rain is forecast over the next 24 hours.

Ayrshire and Arran is one of 11 Scottish regions to have received a flood alert today - including adjacent West Central Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway.

A period of heavy and persistent rain is forecast to affect the area on Thursday afternoon through Friday, and flooding to low-lying areas from rivers and small watercourses is possible according to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

The intensity of rain may also cause some surface water flooding, particularly in built up areas or on low lying roads.

The severe weather is reportedly the result of a frontal zone which is expected to edge its way eastwards across the country over the course of the day - although specific timings remain uncertain.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain in Strathclyde and predicts downpours of around 20-30mm with up to 60mm on higher ground.

SEPA is advising residents to remain vigilant and take action to protect themselves and their property against flooding. Further advice and information is available through Floodline on 0845 9881188.