Flood alert issued for Edinburgh and Lothians as sunny spell comes to an end

Surface water has closed part of Edinburgh's tram line
A flood alert has been issued for Edinburgh and the Lothians -Credit:Edinburgh Trams/ Twitter

A flood alert has been issued for Edinburgh and the Lothians as heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected.

From Sunday, a yellow weather warning has been issued for most of Scotland, covering parts of West Lothian. The Met Office has warned that there is a 'small danger to life' due to fast flowing or deep floodwater.

The weather warning is in place from 2pm on Sunday until 4am on Monday, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has now issued a flood alert covering Edinburgh and the Lothians for Sunday and Monday morning.

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SEPA has warned that thunderstorms could bring with them heavy showers which could lead to flooding from surface water and small watercourses. For more urban areas, they have warned that transport could be disrupted.

SEPA writes on their site: "During Sunday afternoon, evening and overnight into Monday, heavy and potentially thundery showers are expected to affect the area, particularly in western parts. This will bring a risk of flooding from surface water and small watercourses. Urban areas and the transport network are at greatest risk, but not all parts will see heavy showers. Typical impacts may include flooding of low-lying land, roads and properties along with disruption to travel."

For Sunday May 12 the Met Office forecast: "Dry, bright much of morning. Showers breaking out in afternoon, becoming frequent, heavy and even prolonged into the evening with risk of thunder. Maximum temperature 22C."