The summertime blues

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WEATHER warnings have plagued Glasgow so far this summer — and according to the Met Office, the rain looks set to continue.

The Royal Geographical Society has, based on rainfall averages, named last month as the country’s wettest June on record.

And the Met Office has issued amber weather warnings repeatedly, forecasting above average rainfall and the threat of flooding in Glasgow – most recently yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon.

A spokesman for East Renfrewshire council confirmed that among the roads affected by weekend downpours was Holehouse Road, near Eaglesham, which was forced to close between 3pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday under police instructions.

ERC has received no further reports of flooding to homes and parks so far, but anyone affected can contact the roads and lighting team on 0800 373 635.

In Glasgow, meanwhile, the White Cart flood prevention scheme – introduced last year to a cost of £53 million – seems to be holding back the tides.

In previous years, flash floods caused water levels to rise and affected numerous homes and businesses in Cathcart and Langside after as little as 12 hours of rain.

At the unveiling in November, Glasgow city council leader Gordon Matheson commented that the three water storage areas introduced upstream would be able to hold 572 gallons and protect over 1,700 homes and 45 businesses from the threat of flooding.

A GCC spokesman confirmed this week that there had been a number of flood incidents reported across the city, although none causing long-term issues, and he added: “Major flood defences such as the White Cart are doing their job”.

Despite the wet weather easing off for the end of this week, 
forecasters warn more is on the way.

A statement from the Met Office for next week reads: “The generally unsettled picture is expected to continue across the UK, though Sunday looks to be a drier day for many. . . the rest of the period will see showers or longer spells of rain”.

And for July 25 until August 8, the prediction is “most likely that we will continue to see unsettled weather”.

The forecast adds that “Overall, conditions are unlikely to be as bad as we’ve seen so far ”, but “hot, sunny weather looks unlikely”.

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