Severe weather warning issued for Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Weather warnings issued for heavy rain.
Weather warnings issued for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is set to batter the North East on Christmas Day, with warnings of flooding and disruptions to transport links.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning predicting outbreaks of rain spreading across the course of Christmas Day, reaching southern parts of Scotland during the early hours of Boxing Day.

Experts say the rain will be heavy at times and people should be aware of the potential for flooding and some disruption to transport.

Chief forecaster's assessment reads: "There is still uncertainty over where the heaviest rainfall will be in the warning area, but around 60 to 80 mm is likely to fall quite widely, with a chance of up to 150mm locally over high ground.

The Met Office said further updates to the warnings are likely in the coming days.