HEAVY rain is expected in East Lothian throughout tomorrow (Saturday), with a flood alert in place for the county.

The Met Office predicts as much as 8mm of rain an hour could fall in parts of the county tomorrow morning, although the weather is predicted to improve marginally in the afternoon, when gala days are taking place.

SEPA has issued a flood alert for Edinburgh and the Lothians and says that East Lothian will be particularly at risk.

They said: "A period of heavy rain from the early hours of Saturday morning could cause isolated flooding from rivers and small watercourses during Saturday, particularly in East Lothian areas.

"Low-lying land and roads could also be affected by surface water, particularly in known trouble spots.

"Your Floodline quick dial number for this area is 23200."

The rain is predicted to start at about 5pm this evening (Friday) and continue throughout the night, intensifying at about 5am tomorrow.

East Lothian Courier:

This rain map from the Met Office gives an idea of how much rain is expected to fall in East Lothian at 7am tomorrow morning

Heavy rain is expected to continue into tomorrow afternoon before gradually easing - although the rain is predicted to continue until the late evening.

Sunday's forescast is better, with sunny spells in the morning before light rain in the afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to be in the low teens throughout the weekend.