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Record volume of rain falls on city in first month of year

EDINBURGH has had its wettest January for more than 100 years, with nearly three times the average amount of rainfall.
Met Office forecasters say 178 millimetres of rain have fallen in the Capital since the start of the month, the highest since they began measuring in the 1890s. Image: SOGGY: Met Office adviser Pat Boyle with weather monitoring equipment. Picture: KATE CHANDLER

They have warned people to prepare for more wet and windy weather over the next few days, with winds set to reach up to 60mph.

Flooded roads have already caused misery for thousands of motorists around the Lothians this month, while the Water of Leith has almost reached bursting point. Matches at Tynecastle and Easter Road have been cancelled in the past week due to waterlogged pitches.

SCOTLAND has been warned to batten down the hatches today as winds gusting up to 90mph sweep in blizzards from the north. Forecasters said up to 4in of snow could fall in frequent and heavy showers, with twice that depth on higher ground. Roads are likely to be badly affected and schools closed in the north, which is expected to take the brunt of the onslaught. Winds were expected to reach 90mph in the most exposed places. "The very worst conditions will be in north Scotland. In the Highlands, there will be drifting snow and blizzards, and atrocious conditions." The storm was caused by an area of low pressure passing north of Scotland towards Norway, which would pull in very cold Arctic air.
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