Flood alert issued for Argyll and Bute

High tides and a storm surge are expected to combine to create the risk of coastal flooding in Argyll and Bute in the early hours of Friday, January 9. This picture was taken the last time the two combined to reach (and pass) the level of the Rothesay prom, on January 3, 2014.
High tides and a storm surge are expected to combine to create the risk of coastal flooding in Argyll and Bute in the early hours of Friday, January 9. This picture was taken the last time the two combined to reach (and pass) the level of the Rothesay prom, on January 3, 2014.

A coastal flooding alert has been issued for the Argyll and Bute area for the early hours of Friday morning.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency advises that a storm surge is expected to combine with a high tide to create the possibility of some coastal flooding to low-lying land or roads from spray and wave overtopping.

The alert does not mention Bute specifically, though in an indication of where floods may be expected, SEPA does state that high tide is due in Helensburgh at 3am and at Port Ellen on Islay at 5am.

The next high tide in Rothesay, of just below 3.3 metres, is due shortly after 2.30am on Friday.

In addition to the high wind alerts already announced (see this story for details), the Met Office has also issued a yellow ‘be aware’ alert for snow and ice in the Argyll and Bute area, valid from 6am on Saturday until midday on Sunday.

The alert warns of heavy showers falling as snow at low levels, with the risk of ice because of a significant drop in temperatures.

The Met Office’s forecast for Rothesay is currently predicting rain throughout Saturday, with the highest likelihood of snow being in the late afternoon or early evening. Temperatures are expected to dip to around four degrees Centigrade, although the wind chill factor will make it feel three or four degrees below zero.

Click here for full details of all the weather warnings currently in force for the area.