Thunderstorm warning issued in Scotland - see areas affected by Met Office alert

A tourist wearing a poncho featuring national flags of Scotland passes along a road in Edinburgh.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected in Scotland this afternoon -Credit:Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Scotland has been issued a yellow warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms as the Met Office weighs in on the upcoming weather patterns.

Thunderstorms will begin at 1pm on Monday afternoon and last until 9pm, according to the Met Offices yellow alert. Up to 20 to 40mm of rain will fall in some places in just "an hour or two", meaning that flooding is also likely.

Due to the high volume of rain, the Met Office has warned people to prepare for delays to trains, bus services and other public transport. Power cuts could also occur due to lightning strikes as people have been urged to prepare.

West central Scotland, Tayside, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran, Argyll and Bute and much of central Scotland have been issued a flood alert by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). People should be wary of the heavy rain that is on the way.

Temperatures will rise to 17C near Fort William this afternoon by 4pm, with the central belt seeing highs of 15C by the same time. This weather alert was issued earlier this morning and warns that anyone at risk of flash flooding should prepare accordingly.

The Met Office weather warning states: "Thunderstorms and heavy downpours are likely to break out in some places this afternoon and evening. Although not all places will catch these storms and downpours, where they do occur 20 to 40 mm rain may fall in some places in an hour or two."

The east of Scotland look to be avoiding this weather pattern with highs of 11C and up to 4mm of rain expected in Edinburgh this afternoon.

Check out the Met Office's how-to guide on flash flooding and power cuts here.

Areas affected by the Met Office's yellow thunderstorm warning

Met Office weather warning map.
The yellow weather alert affects a major part of England as well as the west of Scotland and beyond -Credit:Met Office

Central, Tayside and Fife

  • Clackmannanshire

  • Falkirk

  • Perth and Kinross

  • Stirling

SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

  • Dumfries and Galloway

  • Scottish Borders

  • West Lothian


  • Argyll and Bute

  • East Ayrshire

  • East Dunbartonshire

  • East Renfrewshire

  • Glasgow

  • Inverclyde

  • North Ayrshire

  • North Lanarkshire

  • Renfrewshire

  • South Ayrshire

  • South Lanarkshire

  • West Dunbartonshire

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