Warning issued as thunder and hail set to batter part of Scotland

Weeks of stormy weather show little sign of abating with temperatures to stay high as part of the country prepares to face thunderstorms.

North west Highlands to be battered by rain, thunderstorms and hail in yellow warning Getty Images

The north west of Scotland has been warned to expect stormy conditions including hail after a yellow alert was put in place for most of Tuesday.

Forecasters have cautioned up to 40mm of rain may fall within two hours between 10am and 8pm, while thunderstorms are likely to develop between late morning and early evening.

It comes after weeks of tempestuous weather that have brought near-tropical showers, soaring temperatures and crackling skies across larges swathes of the country.

Rainy conditions will be welcomed in the Loch Maree area of Wester Ross, where water scarcity has dropped to a “significant” risk level following a period of arid conditions.

It remains to be seen whether Tuesday’s rainfall will make an impact on restoring some sense of normal volume.

The Met Office forecast reads: “While many places will stay dry, a few showers or thunderstorms will develop from around late morning until early evening.

“Some of these will be heavy, perhaps giving 20-30 mm of rain in around one hour and up to 40 mm in two to three hours.

“Hail and lightning are also expected.”

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