A FRESH warning of heavy rain to come has been issued by the Met Office for Glasgow and the central belt.  

Forecasters predict significant wet weather will come this afternoon and return in the early hours of Friday morning, lasting most of the day.

A yellow-level alert has been issued for a region stretching from Glasgow in the north to Dumfries in the south, covering Thursday and Friday.

This means traffic is likely to be disrupted and there could be a chance of flooding in some areas.

It comes after strong downpours hit western and southern Scotland on Wednesday, prompting the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to issue 20 separate flood warnings.

Twelve flood warnings remain in place in the Scottish Borders, where the council is advising people in Hawick living in at-risk areas near the river to “consider plans for evacuating their homes”.

Police urged people to drive with care amid reports of flooding and standing water.

Traffic Scotland said it had reports of flooding on the M74/A74(M) around Abington in South Lanarkshire and on the A75 near Barlae in Dumfries and Galloway.

Train services were also disrupted by the weather, including the Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts, Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High and Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa/Aberdeen/Inverness services.