Heavy weather blowing in to the whole of the Western Isles and Skye is set to add to the existing disruption to services including ferry transport.

A Met Office yellow alert has been issued warning of heavy rain and strong southerly winds for the islands from 6pm tomorrow and throughout Tuesday and Wednesday morning until 12 noon on Wednesday.

The warning, issued on Sunday 22 March says: “Rain will become heavy at times later on Monday and is likely to persist through Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday. Through the whole period 50-75mm of rain is likely quite widely, with 100-125mm possible in places, mainly on higher ground. Very strong southerly winds will be an additional hazard.”

Weather, flood alerts

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has this morning (Monday 23 March) added a flood alert for the Western Isles to the current weather warning from the Met Office.

Persistent rain between now and Wednesday morning will bring a risk of flooding to low-lying land and roads from rivers and surface water, according to SEPA.

The Met Office warning of heavy rain, accompanied by strong winds, comes into force at 6pm today and lasts until 12 noon on Wednesday.

It warns of impacts including flooding of homes and businesses and spray and flooding on roads, making journey times longer.

CalMac has advised that all sailings between the Western Isles and the mainland are cancelled for today (Monday) and the Sound of Harris service has also been cancelled.