THE Met Office has issued a new weather warning covering the Helensburgh area as heavy rain approaches the UK.

The forecaster's yellow 'be aware' warning is in place for the Strathclyde, Argyll, Highland and Dumfries and Galloway area between 6am and 9pm on Friday, February 21.

The Met Office says that spray and flooding will probably extend journey times by road and rail, and that "flooding of a few homes and businesses" is likely.

As this article was published on Thursday morning, the Met Office was predicting heavy rain for the Helensburgh area from around 3am on Friday, lasting throughout the warning period, to add to persistent showers on Thursday,

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South-westerly winds gusting to almost 50mph are also likely – not quite as strong as during Storms Dennis and Ciara, but still enough to make conditions tricky if you're out and about.

The unsettled weather in the Helensburgh area is expected to continue for the next few days, with sunshine, showers and similarly strong winds throughout Saturday.

Calmer conditions, with sunshine and only a few showers, are predicted for Sunday, before more heavy rain returns during the day on Monday.

The latest weather forecast from the Met Office for the Helensburgh area can be found by clicking here.

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