Large parts of Scotland have been issued a weather warning for rain that’s set to last more than 24 hours.

The Met Office says there is a slight chance of power cuts and a small chance that homes could be flooded after it issued a yellow weather warning for Wednesday and Thursday.

Covering nearly all of the east coast and large parts of the Highlands and Central Belt, the weather warning will be in place from 12pm on Wednesday and last until 6pm on Thursday.

Some areas could see up to 80-100 mm of rain over an extended period of heavy rain.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “An area of heavy rain is expected to move northwest across Scotland from Wednesday afternoon, with rain most persistent across northern and eastern hills.

"Rain likely to turn more showery through Thursday in central and southern areas. There remains some uncertainty on the duration and placement of the heaviest outbreaks.”

The rainy spell follows a period of dry and sunny weather in Scotland, with some areas recording temperatures of up to 24 degrees over the last two weeks.

The clear skies also lead to the Northern Lights being visible as far south as Glasgow on Friday 10 May.

After the yellow warning, the Met Office forecasts rain will ease on Friday, but not fully stop. Saturday and Sunday are set to bring back mainly dry, sunny weather.