Scotland to be battered by thunderstorms as summer misery continues 

Some areas could see up to 40mm of rain fall in just one to two hours on Sunday, with hail and lightning also expected.

Met Office issue yellow weather warning for thunderstorms for east of Scotland following high temperatures Getty Images

Parts of Scotland are set to be battered by further thunderstorms after a spate of scorching weather in recent weeks. 

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for Sunday from 1pm until 9pm and warned there could be flooding and power cuts as a result of the forecast heavy rain.

The warning covers parts of Orkney, the Highlands, Moray, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross, Fife, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

Some areas could see up to 40mm of rain fall in just one to two hours on Sunday, with hail measuring 3cm in diameter also expected to fall alongside frequent bursts of lightning. 

As a result, the Met Office warned that public transport could be affected by the adverse weather conditions and that roads may be covered in surface water leading to difficult driving conditions. 

The thunderstorms are set to clear into the North Sea by Sunday evening, the Met Office added. 

Earlier this week, STV meteorologist Sean Batty warned that following a spate of high temperatures, Scotland could see a soggy start to the summer. 

He said: “After basking in scorching temperatures reaching the low 30s, accompanied by endless azure skies, the Mediterranean-esque weather seems to have vanished just in time for the start of summer, which officially began on Wednesday.

“Granted, it hasn’t been a complete wash-out for everyone, but we have witnessed some torrential downpours and thunderstorms, causing flooding a few days ago in the north Highlands and around Glasgow.

“This is only the beginning – in true Scottish style, it appears that we will likely pay for the delightful weather with a hearty dose of wind and rain.

“The timing couldn’t be more ironic, as schools are about to break up for the summer holidays.

“This weekend will have some lovely warm weather on Saturday, but thunderstorms will develop in many areas by Sunday. Early next week a deep low will affect the north of the country bringing a bout of gales to the Western Isles and far north of the mainland, which could impact ferry timetables.

“Now I’m not writing off summer at all. I wrote an article the other day about the high sea temperatures potentially increasing our chances of more extreme heat this summer, but it is ironic that after weeks of scorching sunshine and drought-like conditions, we now find ourselves bracing for weeks of wetter and occasionally windier weather, just as summer unfolds.”

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