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

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More rain is on the way for Scots next week -Credit:Getty Images

After one of the hottest days of the year, Scotland has been issued a yellow warning for floods and thunderstorms nationwide.

Thunderstorms will begin at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and last until 4am on Monday according to the Met Office yellow alert.

Up to 20 to 40mm of rain will fall in some places in just "an hour or two", meaning that flooding is 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.

Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, among others, have all been issued a flood alert by the Met Office.

The 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."

For Sunday, May 12 the forecast reads: "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."

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has also issued a flood alert covering Edinburgh and the Lothians for Sunday and Monday morning.

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."

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